ERIC Number: EJ1163396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Corpora in EFL Classrooms: The Case Study of IELTS Preparation
Smirnova, Elizaveta A.
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v48 n3 p302-310 Dec 2017
This article describes the gathered experience in using corpora in an IELTS preparation course. The practice demonstrates an attempt to reduce negative washback effects occurring when preparation courses just concentrate on the test format neglecting the importance of development of learners' language skills and general study skills. Some corpus-based activities, which were used in a group of Russian university students for teaching vocabulary and writing, are provided. The author's experience in using corpora proves such positive effects of corpus teaching as an increase in the learners' understanding of usage patterns, drop in the number of collocation errors they make, enhancement of the students' autonomy and self-correction skills.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Computational Linguistics, Test Preparation, Study Skills, Testing Problems, Vocabulary Development, Phrase Structure, Independent Study, Error Correction, Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Writing Instruction, Language Usage, Language Patterns, Case Studies, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Russia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System
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