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Concordancers Prezentacja

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Concordancers Prezentacja

  1. 1. Concordancers for FL Teachers Gosia Kurek
  2. 2. Task 1 What makes this text sound native?
  3. 3. A bit of theory: <ul><li>J. Sinclair (1991) on the idiom principle: </li></ul><ul><li>… a language user has available to him or her a large number of semi-preconstructed phrases that constitute single choices, even though they might appear to be analysable into segments. (p. 110 ). </li></ul><ul><li>J. Hill (2000) on collocations </li></ul><ul><li>Collocation competence makes learners fluent: it allows them to process and produce language chunks at a faster rate as well as convey complex ideas more easily. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>M. Lewis (2000) on word grammar: </li></ul><ul><li>„ every word has its own grammar…(and)…. knowing aword involves knowing its grammar – the patterns in which it is regularly used” </li></ul><ul><li>70% of adult native language is formulaic ( Altenberg, 1990) </li></ul><ul><li>Even advanced L2 learner are marked out as non native due to the failure to use formulaic sequences </li></ul>
  5. 5. Task 2 – refer to the handout Try: Collins Cobuild Collocation Sampler
  6. 6. Be a linguist: <ul><li>We'll have to increase our prices because of the increasing cost of advertising our products. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the companies producing sweets uses the slogan A load of chocolate to advertise its products. Use a concordancer to find out why the slogan sound s a bit awkward as an advertisement. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Explore the language on your own: <ul><li>F ind possibly many adjectives deriving from the word water . Can you use the context to figure out what they mean? </li></ul><ul><li>F ind the family of words related to the word nutrition - what are they? Use the context to explain the difference between the two adjectives. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Just the Word <ul><li>A student wrote: </li></ul><ul><li>There is big evidence that these people are very badly treated. </li></ul><ul><li>Check whether the phrase „big evidence” is correct. If not, provide a better alternative. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Improve your writing: <ul><li>Use a concordancing program to describe y our bodily reaction to stres s (e.g. during a job interview). </li></ul>
  10. 10. Be a detective:
  11. 11. Over to you: <ul><li>What are the advantages of using concordancers in the FL classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>What problems can you foresee? </li></ul>
  12. 12. More concordancers: <ul><li>Web concordancer </li></ul><ul><li>http:// vlc.polyu.edu.hk/concordance/WWWConcappE.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Online Concordancer http://132.208.224.131/concordancers/concord_e.html </li></ul><ul><li>VLC Concordancer http:// www.edict.com.hk/concordance/WWWConcappE.htm </li></ul><ul><li>The Internet Corpus http:// corpus.leeds.ac.uk/internet.html </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you 

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