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ERIC Number: EJ789260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Corpus, Concordance, Classification: Young Learners in the L1 Classroom
Sealey, Alison; Thompson, Paul
Language Awareness, v16 n3 p208-223 2007
This paper reports on an ESRC-funded project that investigated the use of corpus-based activities in a primary-school context, with children aged 8-10 years. The study explored the contributions that could be made by a corpus--comprising language written for a child audience--and a modified version of the associated software, in helping these children (all L1 English speakers) to learn about language. Activities were devised which complied with educational policies in England, so the interactions recorded often involved classification of linguistic items. The paper presents a qualitative analysis of these interactions, identifying aspects of the approach which prompted metalinguistic discourse. It suggests that, in contrast with textbooks and other reference resources, this approach may provide a flexible route into metalinguistic understanding, which maintains links with an authentic discourse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)