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

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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
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781522516903
ISBN (Print)1522516891, 9781522516897
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Corpora
  • ESP
  • Learner Autonomy


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