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Learner Corpus Research and Language Teaching

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Course Name

Learner Corpus Research and Language Teaching

University

Radboud

EC

5

Course date

semester 2 (2019 - 2020)

Registration open until

10/28/2019 - 08/01/2020

Location

Radboud

Instructor(s)

Dr. Sanne van Vuuren (Radboud) & Dr. Bert Le Bruyn (UU)

E-mail Contact

Dr. Sanne van Vuuren

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students:

  • will have a comprehensive overview of the domain of learner corpus research, its contributions to L2 acquisition research and its applications in language teaching;
  • will be able to evaluate corpus design criteria, annotation and analysis and interpret the significance of corpus studies of vocabulary, phraseology, grammar, pragmatics and (dis)fluency for language teaching;
  • will be able to conduct and report on their own corpus study, replicating or building on previous research, using appropriate corpus resources and corpus linguistic techniques.

Course content

The overarching question addressed by this course is how corpus research can inform L2 acquisition research and language teaching. It covers the origins and applications of learner corpus research as well as the basics of corpus compilation, annotation and analysis of both spoken and written corpora. Each week will be devoted to a detailed study of one major area of LCR research. We analyse and discuss learner corpus data from a number of case studies, and interpret their significance with respect to the seminar topic, ranging from vocabulary and phraseology to grammar, pragmatics and fluency.

Assessment

Presentation of case study (15-minute presentation) 20%
Paper (2500 word term paper based on an LCR research) 80%

Study load

5EC (= 140 hours)
Seminars: 14 hrs
Literature study (approx. 10 pages/hour): 80 hrs
Assignments and presentation: 6 hrs
Term paper: 40 hrs

Students who need 6 ECTS may elect to do an extra assignment. This must be determined with your lecturer in week 1.

 

 

Background Literature and Course Materials

O’keeffe, A., McCarthy, M., & Carter, R. (2007). From Corpus to Classroom: Language Use and Language Teaching. Cambridge University Press.

Selected articles

Costs

€ 40,-

Further information

Course dates

Friday 10:30 – 13:15
07-02-2020
14-02-2020
21-02-2020
06-03-2020
13-03-2020
20-03-2020

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