From Corpus to Classroom: Language Use and Language Teaching

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Cambridge University Press, May 3, 2007 - Foreign Language Study - 315 pages
From Corpus to Classroom summarises and makes accessible recent work in corpus research, focusing particularly on spoken data. It is based on analysis of corpora such as CANCODE and Cambridge International Corpus, and written with particular reference to the development of corpus-informed pedagogy. The book explains how corpora can be designed and used, and focuses on what they tell us about language teaching. It examines the relevance of corpora to materials writers, course designers and language teachers and considers the needs of the learner in relation to authentic data. It shows how the answers to key questions such as 'Is there a basic, everyday vocabulary for English?', 'How should idioms be taught?' and 'What are the most common spoken language chunks?' are best explored by means of a clearer understanding of the workings of language in context.
 

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Contents

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2 Establishing basic and advanced levels in
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3 Lessons from the analysis of chunks
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4 Idioms in everyday use
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Extract from Idioms at Work McLay 1987 5455
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Extract from English Idioms in Use McCarthy and ODell
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5 Grammar and lexis and patterns
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6 Grammardiscourse and pragmatics
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8 Relational language
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Summary of functional categories with pragmatic functions from chapter
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McCarthy Carter and Fung forthcoming Pragmatic markers are items
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creating relationships
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academic and business corpora
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11 Exploring teacher corpora
220
Coda
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References
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7 Listenership and response
140
Author index
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Michael McCarthy worked for the Wall Street Journal for twenty-two years, as a reporter and then as an editor on feature stories. He is the author of The Sun Farmer and Ashes under Water: The S. S. Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America.

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