Corpora, context, and language teachers

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The language teacher is an often neglected figure in learner corpora projects, including those whose aim is to apply corpus findings to second language pedagogy. Even though teacher mediation is critical to the potential success of corpus-informed instructional practices, the literature seldom addresses specific ways to get classroom teachers involved in the process of designing, collecting, and exploring learner corpus data. This chapter describes a learner corpus project in which the participation of local English language teachers was actively recruited throughout the project. The author describes ways in which teachers were involved in the project and illustrates the benefits of such a process with examples from a corpus-based study he conducted in the same local language teaching context. Keywords: Learner corpus; teacher involvement; contextualization


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