Corpus Linguistics for TESOL

Module titleCorpus Linguistics for TESOL
Module codeEFPM293
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Philip Durrant (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

8

Number students taking module (anticipated)

10

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Corpus linguistics is one of the most widely-used and powerful research methods in applied linguistics. Corpus research has had a major impact on the ways we think about language and language learning, and all major modern dictionaries, grammars, and language textbooks are now informed by corpus work. This module introduces the basic principles and tools of corpus linguistics. It will give you hands-on experience of doing corpus research. It will also help you develop a critical understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of corpus linguistics and of how corpora are used in TESOL materials and classrooms.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to enable you  to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to:

1) understand, evaluate and use corpus-informed language teaching techniques and resources;

2) carry out applied corpus linguistic work in an educational context; and

3) carry out small-scale corpus linguistic research projects.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of corpus design and analysis;
  • 2. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of corpus linguistics in applied linguistics and TESOL;
  • 3. demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate corpus-informed pedagogical techniques and resources;
  • 4. demonstrate an awareness of how to use corpus-linguistics tools for pedagogical purposes;
  • 5. use corpus-linguistic tools to carry out small-scale research projects;
  • 6. demonstrate an awareness of key linguistic features studied by corpus linguistics, including: frequency, collocation, collostruction, and semantic prosody;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. demonstrate an awareness of language variation;
  • 8. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of representativeness and balance in textual research;

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. engage in independent study and group/pair work; and
  • 10. use a computer to store and analyse written texts.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

 

  • The nature and uses of corpus linguistics

  • Key findings and uses of corpus research

  • The principles and practice of building a corpus

  • The principles of corpus analysis

  • Tools for corpus analysis

  • Using publicly available corpus-based resources

  • Using corpora in teaching

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
161340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities168 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study24Directed reading: seminar preparation/review
Guided independent study20Directed reading: further exploration of chosen topics
Guided independent study10Formative assignment preparation
Guided independent study80Summative assignment preparation

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual oral presentation describing planned corpus analysis for second summative assessment10 minute presentation + Q & A session1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Oral feedback from peers and tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written review of a corpus-based pedagogical resource (e.g. dictionary, grammar, textbook, online tool, online corpus interface). This should 1) describe the resource; 2) describe the corpus and corpus analysis/tools it draws on; 3) evaluate the resource.30750 words1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9Written feedback from tutor
Written paper describing a corpus linguistic analysis of a chosen linguistic feature and reflection on how this analysis might inform language pedagogy.703000 words1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Written feedback from tutor

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Written review of a corpus-based pedagogical resource (e.g. dictionary, grammar, textbook, online tool, online corpus interface). This should 1) describe the resource; 2) describe the corpus and corpus analysis/tools it draws on; 3) evaluate the resource.Written review of a corpus-based pedagogical resource (e.g. dictionary, grammar, textbook, online tool, online corpus interface). This should 1) describe the resource; 2) describe the corpus and corpus analysis/tools it draws on; 3) evaluate the resource. (750 words)1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9Following the programme specification, usually within six weeks.
Written paper describing a corpus linguistic analysis of a chosen linguistic feature and reflection on how this analysis might inform language pedagogy.Written paper describing a corpus linguistic analysis of a chosen linguistic feature and reflection on how this analysis might inform language pedagogy. (3000 words)1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Following the programme specification, usually within six weeks

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Flowerdew, L. (2011). Corpora and Language Education. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hunston, S. (2002). Corpora in Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McCarthy, M. (1998). Spoken language and applied linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge university press.

McEnery, T., & Hardie, A. (2012). Corpus linguistics: Method, Theory and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

McEnery, T., & Wilson, A. (2001). Corpus linguistics: an introduction (Second ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

McEnery, T., Xiao, R., & Tono, Y. (2006). Corpus-based  language studies: an  advanced resource book. Abingdon: Routledge.

O'Keeffe, A., & McCarthy, M. (Eds.). (2010). The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Abingdon: Routledge.

O'Keeffe, A., McCarthy, M., & Carter, R. (2007). From corpus to classroom: language use and language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Online and downloadable corpora available at:

Online corpus-based tools and resources:

 

Corpus analysis tools:

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

TESOL; Language; Corpus Linguistics; Text Analysis

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

02/05/2014

Last revision date

19/09/2019