Why corpus linguistics matters to L2 teaching and learning

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This chapter discusses the importance of corpus linguistics in L2 teaching and learning. It explains how web-based concordancers can be used to facilitate learning in areas such as vocabulary, grammar, reading, and writing, and how teachers can incorporate corpus and concordancer skills into their lesson plans. The chapter emphasises the importance of careful planning and preparation, as well as the need to adapt DDL training materials to suit learners' needs and abilities. It also highlights the different roles of teachers in DDL, from guiding learners in the use of printed corpus-derived materials to training them to use powerful all-in-one concordancers. The chapter provides a range of practical examples and resources for L2 teachers, including coursebooks, websites, and downloadable DDL worksheets, and explains how to choose the appropriate concordancer based on learners' DDL experience. Finally, it concludes by highlighting the benefits of corpus linguistics in L2 teaching and learning and encourages teachers to provide feedback to corpus builders and concordancer developers to further improve these resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLinguistic Foundations for Second Language Teaching and Learning
EditorsKathy Sands, Marnie Jo Petray, Gaillyn D Clements, Lynn Santelmann
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jun 2023


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