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Educational Linguistics 2.0 – The use of corpora in language teaching

In recent decades, corpus linguistics has offered a new approach to collecting and analysing language data, greatly boosting our understanding of various linguistic and language issues. The thousands of language data, after input into speedy and user-friendly concordancers, reveal authentic and interesting linguistic features which would not be discovered if an intuition-based approach had been taken. Despite the efforts made by linguists and researchers, a corpus-based linguistic approach remains largely unknown to the majority of professional teaching community, particularly language teachers in schools who often rely on an intuition-based approach to solving language issues as well as developing pedagogical materials. So are students’ approaches to language learning. Such an intuition-based approach may not always be efficient or satisfactory. Corpus linguistics has been identified as a strategic area to be focused on since the establishment of the LML department in 2012. Several colleagues have developed various corpora ( in different languages (i.e., English, Chinese, Cantonese and Japanese), most of which being specialised corpora with a clear focus on certain specific language features. For example, the Chinese-English Parallel Corpora provide a good venue for examining literature translation from English to Chinese or vice versa; the English for Academic Purpose corpora (EAP) are used to improve students’ academic writing skills; the Spoken Corpora and Asian Corpus of English (ACE) can be used to improve students’ pronunciation; the Multilingual Parallel Corpora and Cantonese Movie Corpora provide learners with a multimodal approach to language learning. The research on these corpora has been fruitful and resulted in several projects (including GRF/ECS) and publications. Being aware of the good potential of the education values of these corpora, a number of colleagues from LML proposed a collective KTP in order to transfer the expertise and knowledge acquired by the department to school teachers in both Hong Kong and elsewhere (mainland China or other countries/regions).

Commencement Date : 2017/6
Completion Date : 2018/5
Chief Investigator(s) : Dr MA, Qing 馬清 [LML]
Co-Investigator(s) : Dr WANG, Lixun 王立勛 [FHM,LML]
Dr CHEN, Hsueh Chu 陳雪珠 [CLE,LML]
Dr LEE, Fung King Jackie 李鳳琼 [FHM,LML]
Keyword(s) : corpus linguistics   language teaching  

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