The article deals with pedagogical and psychological grounds for using corpora in the classroom. The description of psychological principles behind data-driven approach and discovery learning with corpus data is given. The cognitive studies such as schemata theory and personal-construct theory are observed to show the advantages of concordance techniques. Some examples of new types of corpus and research-based activities are presented.
This article presents an approach to the automatic generation of open cloze exercises that are based on real-life English texts. The exercise format is similar to the open cloze test used in Cambridge certificate exams (FCE, CAE, CPE). Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the usefulness on the machine-generated exercises and compare them with authentic Cambridge tests. The experiments showed that the generation method used was quite effective. With some customization, the presented method can be applied to generating similar exercises based on texts written in other languages.
The book is to be used as a supplement to an Upper Intermediate course in General English aiming to help students master the active vocabulary and grammar structures of six Units in the course book «Upstream Upper Intermediate» by Bob Obee –Virginia Evans (1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9). All translation exercises are provided with keys.