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BRUCE, Nigel James (Dept. of Law and Business HK Shue Yan University) ...

BRUCE, Nigel James (Dept. of Law and Business HK Shue Yan University)
CHOW, Wilson (The University of Hong Kong)

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Corpus Consultation & Concordancing: Promoting Academic Literacy via the Web Presentation Transcript

  • 1. CITE Research Symposium 2013: May 10-11“Transformative Technologies, LearningEnvironment and Partnership”Corpus consultation & Concordancing:Promoting academic literacy via the WebNigel Bruce, Dept. of Law & Business, HKSYU,and Wilson Chow, CAES, HKU.Contact email: nbruce@hksyu.edu
  • 2. Role of literacy development in ESL H.E.ESL-medium universities need to think less about“language” issues and more about “literacy”development among their students.Disciplinary literacy needs developing alongsidecontent knowledge but direct teaching is not the answerA self-directed approach is needed to promoteacademic literacy development inESL-medium disciplinary curricula.
  • 3. Reduced contact  Greater autonomyESL-medium universities/programmesneed to create more diverse self-accesslearning resources to help theirstudents become more autonomouslearnersStudents need more IT-based data-driven learning (DDL) avenues likecorpus consultation.
  • 4. From prescription to descriptionProposal?: Corpus Consultation & ConcordancingIn place of a teacher-intensive prescriptiveapproach, teaching students what to learn andwhen…  we need….Learner- and activity-centred approachesto learning. These favour a descriptive, literacy-based approach, based on actual examples of howlanguage is used, for what purposes & in what ways.
  • 5. From prescription to descriptionProposal?: Corpus Consultation & ConcordancingIn place of a teacher-intensive prescriptiveapproach, teaching students what to learn andwhen…  we need….Learner- and activity-centred approachesto learning. These favour a descriptive, literacy-based approach, based on actual examples of howlanguage is used, for what purposes & in what ways.
  • 6. From prescription to descriptionProposal?: Corpus Consultation & ConcordancingIn place of a teacher-intensive prescriptiveapproach, teaching students what to learn andwhen…  we need….Learner- and activity-centred approachesto learning. These favour a descriptive, literacy-based approach, based on actual examples of howlanguage is used, for what purposes & in what ways.
  • 7. Powerful – but too broad-spectrum
  • 8. Wow!!
  • 9. A Discipllne-specific Concordancing Program
  • 10. The Home Page – Tutorial located here
  • 11. The corpus of LegalTexts: mainly CaseReports, showinghow legal terms areused most frequentlyin judicial discourse– e.g.. the mostcommon patterns inuse in Contract &Tort casesFirst…. The Corpus…
  • 12. This signals the “looping”mechanism, allowing 2Options for refining yoursearchThen… Corpus Consultation
  • 13. Again, notice that every termappearing in this set of results ishotlinked – i.e. if you want to refineyour search by looking at a differentcombination of terms, you simply clickthat (black) term…Colour coding functions:Red: your search termsPurple: what you are looking forGreen: contiguous terms – click to refine in Option 1Black: all other terms: click to make split (Option 2) search
  • 14. Again, notice that every termappearing in this set of results ishotlinked – i.e. if you want to refineyour search by looking at a differentcombination of terms, you simply clickthat (black) term…Colour coding functions:Red: your search termsPurple: what you are looking forGreen: contiguous terms – click to refine in Option 1Black: all other terms: click to make split (Option 2) searchEVERY term is HOTLINKED
  • 15. How basic grammar informs searchesLegalEasy assumes an understanding ofbasic word order in English:Nouns.…Verbs.…Nouns
  • 16. i.e. if you want to refine your search by looking ata different combination of terms, you can clickthat (black) term, and the Concordancer goes toOption 2….but results are so far poor;effectively this kind of search requires afar bigger database than we have at presentLimitation
  • 17. The 3-stop shop approach
  • 18. The 3-stop shop approach
  • 19. The 3-stop shop approach
  • 20. The 3-stop shop approachThe Handout contains technicalinformation about how WilsonChow designed and runs thisConcordancer. As our time islimited, Wilson will be happy tofield any technical questions afterthis presentation