Corpora as Tools for Self-Driven Learning: A Corpus-Based ESP Course

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Abstract

Can EFL students be profitably introduced to compilation of DIY corpora for various ESP domains even at the undergraduate level? How can they benefit from self-directed exploitation of language corpora at such an early stage? What language skills can a corpus-based ESP course enhance? This chapter discusses the advantages and limitations of a structured approach to pedagogical corpus consultation and corpora as self-directed learning tools as applied in an innovative corpus-based ESP course. A multifaceted enquiry of students' assessment and perception of the course - initial feedback, questionnaire, and focus group – was conducted. Results indicate that although students perceived corpus use as a complex activity, their attitude to the corpus approach was positive and they recognised the benefits of corpora as self-directed tools. Suggestions for further improvements of such practices are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudent-Driven Learning Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom
EditorsNor Aziah Alias, Johan Eddy Luaran
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Pages274-298
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781522516903
ISBN (Print)1522516891, 9781522516897
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Corpora
  • ESP
  • Learner Autonomy

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Ratkaine Jablonkai, R., & Cebron, N. (2017). Corpora as Tools for Self-Driven Learning: A Corpus-Based ESP Course. In N. Aziah Alias, & J. E. Luaran (Eds.), Student-Driven Learning Strategies for the 21st Century Classroom (pp. 274-298). Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishing. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-1689-7