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ERIC Number: EJ827540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3501
Textual, Genre and Social Features of Spoken Grammar: A Corpus-Based Approach
Perez-Llantada, Carmen
Language Learning & Technology, v13 n1 p40-58 Feb 2009
This paper describes a corpus-based approach to teaching and learning spoken grammar for English for Academic Purposes with reference to Bhatia's (2002) multi-perspective model for discourse analysis: a textual perspective, a genre perspective and a social perspective. From a textual perspective, corpus-informed instruction helps students identify grammar items through statistical frequencies, collocational patterns, context-sensitive meanings and discoursal uses of words. From a genre perspective, corpus observation provides students with exposure to recurrent lexico-grammatical patterns across different academic text types (genres). From a social perspective, corpus models can be used to raise learners' awareness of how speakers' different discourse roles, discourse privileges and power statuses are enacted in their grammar choices. The paper describes corpus-based instructional procedures, gives samples of learners' linguistic output, and provides comments on the students' response to this method of instruction. Data resulting from the assessment process and student production suggest that corpus-informed instruction grounded in Bhatia's multi-perspective model can constitute a pedagogical approach in order to i) obtain positive student responses from input and authentic samples of grammar use, ii) help students identify and understand the textual, genre and social aspects of grammar in real contexts of use, and therefore iii) help develop students' ability to use grammar accurately and appropriately. (Contains 6 figures, 2 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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