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.
1. Preface; 2. 1. Texts in anguage study and language education; 3. 2. Word-lists: Approaching texts; 4. 3. Concordances: The immediate context; 5. 4. Key words of individual texts: Aboutness and style; 6. 5. Key words and genres; 7. 6. General English language teaching: Grammar and lexis in spoken and written texts; 8. 7. Business and professional communication: Managing relationships in professional writing; 9. 8. English for academic purposes: Building an account of expert and apprentice performances in literary criticism; 10. 9. What counts in current journalism: Keywords in newspaper reporting; 11. 10. Counting things in texts you can't count on: A study of Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing, 1; 12. References; 13. Index