Textual Patterns: Key Words and Corpus Analysis in Language Education

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 203 pages
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Textual Patterns introduces corpus resources, tools and analytic frameworks of central relevance to language teachers and teacher educators. Specifically it shows how key word analysis, combined with the systematic study of vocabulary and genre, can form the basis for a corpus informed approach to language teaching. The first part of the book gives the reader a strong grounding in the way in which language teachers can use corpus analysis tools (wordlists, concordances, key words) to describe language patterns in general and text patterns in particular. The second section presents a series of case studies which show how a key word / corpus informed approach to language education can work in practice. The case studies include: General language education (i.e. students in national education systems and those following international examination programmes), foreign languages for academic purposes, literature in language education, business and professional communication, and cultural studies in language education.
 

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Contents

Concordances
19
Key words of individual texts
53
Key words and genres
14
Part II
30
General English language teaching
32
Business and professional communication
24
English for academic purposes
39
What counts in current journalism
44
Counting things in texts you cant count on
52
References
68
Name index
177
Subject index
54
The series Studies in Corpus Linguistics
57
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