Using monolingual and parallel corpora to teach English in Portugal. Ana Frankenberg-Garcia ISLA-LX & FCSH-UNL. What is a corpus*?. A large, principled collection of natural texts. compatible with specific corpus-browsing software. digital format. *plural = corpora.
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Using monolingual and parallel corpora to teach English in Portugal
ISLA-LX & FCSH-UNL
A large, principled collection of natural texts
compatible with specific corpus-browsing software
*plural = corpora
Simple search http://www.natcorp.ox.ac.uk
Full BNC http://corpus.byu.edu/bnc/
Simple and advanced search
1. Use ready-made, corpus-based materials
2. Use corpora directly
Ask a native speaker
Native speakers aren’t always available
Can’t always explain how language is used
Sometimes disagree about what is right and what is wrong
Ask a corpus
What do you do when
you are not sure about
how to say or write something
E.g. (O’Keefe et al 2007:101)
?In what concerns....
?Very many people...
In what concerns
Using the BNC to check what you’re not sure
very many people
What do you do when
your students need extra grammar and vocabulary exercises outside their regular textbook?
Textbook dialogue (Jones 2005:10)
PASSENGER I was wondering, er… could I have a smoking seat?
CHECK-IN CLERK I'm afraid this is anon-smoking flight, sir. Would you prefer an aisle or a window seat?
PASSENGER Erm, well, I'm not sure. You see, it's the first time I've flown and I, well, I'mfeelinga bituneasy aboutit.
It is the first time
Again, your results may contain difficult, rude, innapropriate language & mistakes
Select what you judge is suitable for your students (see example 2 in handout)
Select what you judge is suitable for your students (see example 3 in handout)
Let’s talk about about Christmas!
But let’s practise some new vocabulary as well...
(example 4 in handout)
How can I say “compromisso” in English?
Using COMPARA as a bilingual dictionary with context
What sounds better:
“tone of voice” or “voice tone”?
tone of voice
*Actually I am looking for a job
Using corpora in language correction
*She is married with a Frenchman
Part-of-speech queries in the BNC
(see example 5 in handout)
Test specific vocabulary:
safety or security?
(see example 6 in handout)