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Pages: 326-332
Publication year: 2013
ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain

ENGLISH CORPUS LINGUISTICS: A CASE STUDY AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL

G. Carloni

University of Urbino (ITALY)
Content lecturers have been teaching Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) courses at the University of Urbino, Italy, for a few years. In CLIL, subject-specific content is taught through the medium of a foreign language; content knowledge and foreign language development are enhanced in CLIL.

About 90% of CLIL courses are taught in English at the University of Urbino. Thus, corpus-driven findings have been deployed to create CLIL corpus-informed teaching materials in English. To this purpose, specialized course-tailored corpora have been compiled. Lexico-grammatical features and genre-specific patterns of content-specific discourse have been investigated by means of collocational statistics. Corpora have also been searched to retrieve the most commonly used lexical bundles and content-specific vocabulary items.



Online, course-tailored, corpus-informed, language awareness activities have been created; autonomous learning has thus been fostered in terms of proactive form-focused instruction “involv[ing] pre-planned instruction designed to enable students to notice and to use target language features that might otherwise not be used or even noticed in classroom discourse” (Lyster 2007). Corpus-driven findings have also been used to implement subject-specific Data-Driven Learning entailing, as Johns suggests, “three stages of inductive reasoning […]: observation (of concordanced evidence), classification (of salient features) and generalization (of rules)” (in McEnery et al. 2006).
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author = {Carloni, G.},
title = {ENGLISH CORPUS LINGUISTICS: A CASE STUDY AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL},
series = {6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2013 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-3847-5},
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G. Carloni (2013) ENGLISH CORPUS LINGUISTICS: A CASE STUDY AT UNIVERSITY LEVEL, ICERI2013 Proceedings, pp. 326-332.
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