Learner Corpora and Language Teaching
The volume contains a selection of 11 thematically related papers presented in TaLC12 conference in Giessen, focusing on state-of-the-art learner corpus research studies with clear language-pedagogical implications.
The paper introduces a valuable tool for EFL instructors to select the direction for creating custom-made learning materials, namely, using a learner corpus with errors annotated by experts for the purpose of administering to the target group of learners a custom-made test which has been automatically generated from the sentences with student errors. The paper describes the stages in test-making and the statistics from automatically generated tests administered to students of the School of Linguistics (HSE).
This book includes articles written by the participants of the First International conference "Methods of teaching oriental languages", lead by the School of Asian Studies of NRU Higher School of Economics. Presented conferecne proceedings focus on the current problems of studying and teaching oriental languages, such as Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The articles address such issues as methodology, translation studies and intercultural interaction within the classroom.
The series focuses on the use of corpora throughout language study, the development of quantitative approach to linguistics, the design amd use of new tools for processing language texts, and the theoretical implications of a data-driven discipline. The collection of papers reflects the approaches and achievements from the researchers around the world. The focus in this volume is on complexity, accuracy, and fluency, as well as correlations between any of these features.
During the implementation of the higher education reform, aimed at applying the competence-based approach to teaching, the content and form of teaching is changing. University graduates should possess a number of skills including a good command of a foreign language. When teaching a foreign language, an important role is given to spoken and professional discourse. The task of the teacher is to select effective educational practices aimed at increasing students’ motivation to cognitive process, acquiring new knowledge, developing new skills, as well as to choose methods, activities and
The paper is concerned with the methods of analysis of texts and lexical units such as collocations, colligations, chunks, clusters, hedging, etc. The aim of the research is to equip linguists, teachers and students with the skills of objective language analysis and adequate use of modern English language. The research is based upon statistical instruments of corpus manager. Cognitive interpretation of the data is presented. Conclusions are based on the results of compiling an original corpus for teaching British Studies, including 1 700 000 entries, and on analyzing professionally significant ones in a data-driven way. Implementation of corpus instruments such as concordances, collocation and colligation profiles, statistics, frequency characteristics, key-words search, word-clouds and others are under consideration. British National Corpus is used as a reference tool. Technically the research is fulfilled with the help of corpus manager WordSmith Tools 6.0.
The paper deals with independent, discovery-provoking corpus-based and data- driven approaches in language learning and teaching, cognitive studies and corpora research serving as theoretical basis for them. We discuss corpus-based methods for the study of multifaceted lexical units such as collocation, colligation, lexical bundles and chunks, as well as linguistic hedging, manifesting itself at various levels of linguistic analysis. The research has been done on the material of the English language.
Conference Proceedings report findings presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia held in Voronezh in April, 2014.
The proceedings might be useful for English language teachers working at different levels - from University to kindergarten, linguists, interpreters and translators, as well as students and postgraduates majoring in EFL, linguistics and cultural studies.
The paper is focused on the study of reaction of italian literature critics on the publication of the Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Jivago". The analysys of the book ""Doctor Jivago", Pasternak, 1958, Italy" (published in Russian language in "Reka vremen", 2012, in Moscow) is given. The papers of italian writers, critics and historians of literature, who reacted immediately upon the publication of the novel (A. Moravia, I. Calvino, F.Fortini, C. Cassola, C. Salinari ecc.) are studied and analised.
In the article the patterns of the realization of emotional utterances in dialogic and monologic speech are described. The author pays special attention to the characteristic features of the speech of a speaker feeling psychic tension and to the compositional-pragmatic peculiarities of dialogic and monologic text.