After decades of being overlooked, corpus evidence is becoming an important component of the teaching and learning of languages. Above all, the profession needs guidance in the practicalities of using corpora, interpreting the results and applying them to the problems and opportunities of the classroom. This book is intensely practical, written mainly by a new generation of language teachers who are acknowledged experts in central aspects of the discipline. It offers advice on what to do in the classroom, how to cope with teachers' queries about language, what corpora to use including learner corpora and spoken corpora and how to handle the variability of language; it reports on some current research and explains how the access software is constructed, including an opportunity for the practitioner to write small but useful programs; and it takes a look into the future of corpora in language teaching.
1. List of contributors; 2. Introduction (by Sinclair, John McH.); 3. The corpus and the teacher; 4. In the classroom; 5. In the classroom: Corpora in the classroom: An overview and some reflections on future developments (by Bernardini, Silvia); 6. In preparation: What teachers have always wanted to know - and how corpora can help (by Tsui, Amy B.M.); 7. Resources - Corpora; 8. Corpus variety: Corpus linguistics, language variation, and language teaching (by Conrad, Susan); 9. Spoken - general: Spoken corpus for an ordinary learner (by Mauranen, Anna); 10. Spoken - an example: The use of concordancing in the teaching of Portuguese (by Pereira, Luisa Alice Santos); 11. Learner corpora: Learner corpora and their potential for language teaching (by Nesselhauf, Nadja); 12. Research; 13. Composition: The use of adverbial connectors in Hungarian university students' argumentative essays (by Tanko, Gyula); 14. Textbooks: A corpus-driven approach to modal auxiliaries and their didactics (by Romer, Ute); 15. Resources - Computing; 16. Basic processing: Software for corpus access and analysis (by Barlow, Michael); 17. Programming: Simple Perl programming for corpus work (by Danielsson, Pernilla); 18. Network: Learner oral corpora and network - based language teaching: Scope and foundations (by Perez-Paredes, Pascual); 19. Prospects; 20. New evidence, new priorities, new attitudes (by Sinclair, John McH.); 21. Notes on contributors; 22. Index