November 27, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Room 6.66, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, The University of Hong Kong

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, this seminar is cancelled.   


The use of corpora in language teaching at the tertiary level is now well documented in the literature. My aim in this practically oriented presentation is to illustrate the rationale and benefits of using corpora and to examine some key considerations for implementing corpus-based writing pedagogy. As far as the choice of corpus is concerned, one decision to be made is whether an off-the-shelf or a self-compiled corpus is used. Other considerations include the starting point for the corpus search, the visual display of the corpus data and the role of the teacher and student. Challenges in implementing this approach will also be addressed. Illustrative examples will be taken from my own work in using corpora for thesis writing, writing research grant proposals and business letter writing. While I focus on the three afore-mentioned genres, the corpus-based principles and practices outlined in my talk can be applied to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate-level writing. I will conclude the presentation by looking at some recent innovations in the field in terms of new software programs and corpora available for EAP writing. It is hoped that the talk will illustrate the relevancy of this methodology to those new to corpus-based pedagogy and will encourage those who already use corpora an opportunity to reflect on their own situation and exchange ideas.

About the speaker:

Lynne Flowerdew’s main research and teaching interests include corpus linguistics, English for Specific Purposes and disciplinary postgraduate writing. She has published widely in these areas in international journals and edited collections and has also authored and co-authored several books. She is currently an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.

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