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Exploring New Paths in Language Pedagogy

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This volume brings together current research and practical innovations in the field of foreign language teaching. The contributions are all by well-known experts in the area. More specifically, the volume aims to give some comprehensive and updated coverage of theory, research and practice in two of the most challenging issues in today’s English language teaching scenarios: the development of L2 vocabulary knowledge and the contribution of new corpus-based evidence to language teaching. The first section of the volume presents a comprehensive overview of relevant issues in the field of L2 vocabulary acquisition, where surveys of the state of the art in the area combine with empirical studies which approach the topic from the field of applied linguistics (teaching techniques, material writing), as well as from complementary disciplines such as semantics, phraseology and lexicography. The second section of the book delves into the pedagogical applications of current research in the field of corpus-based studies. The papers collected here explore the potential of new corpus evidence for the development of foreign language learners’ competence. The final section bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together an intensely practical collection of papers offering useful advice on how to deal with vocabulary and/or corpora in the foreign language classroom that are derived from teaching and research conducted at the University of Granada (Spain) under the acronym ADELEX (Assessing and Developing Lexis through New Technologies). Though some papers involve reference to other languages such as French and Spanish, this is essentially a study of corpus and lexical theory as applied to contemporary English.

The volume is backed up by an independent, dedicated website maintained by the editors. While web-based activities and vocabulary tests complement the printed material for the entire volume, Section 3 “From theory to practice”, provides systematic support.

Published: Dec 1, 2010

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Preface Fernando Serrano Valverde
Section I: Second Language Vocabulary Teaching
Introduction to Section I Fernando Serrano Valverde
1. Analysing Vocabulary Teaching Teachniques Paul Nation
2. Fluency and Spoken English Steven Kirk, Ron Carter
3. Phrase-noticing or Phrase-learning: A question of Semantics? June Eyckmans
4. Coming Face-to-Face with N1 P N1 sequences in Spanish Christopher Butler
5. Missing Words: The Vocabulary of BBC Spanish Courses for Adults Paul Meara, Jesus Suarez
6. Connections in EFL Learners' Essays and in Course Books Rosa Maria Jimenez Catalan, julieta Ojeda Alba
7. The Treatment of Lexical Collocations in EFL Textbooks Christian Abello-Contesse, M. Lopez-Jimenez
8. Access Routes to Lexical Collocations in English Learner's Dictionaries on CD-ROM Alfonso Rizo-Rodriguez
Section II: Applying New Corpus-based Evidence in Language Pedagogy
Introduction to Section II María Calzada Pérez
9. Learning Outcomes From Corpus Consultation Alex Boulton
10. Combining Text-based and Corpus-based Approaches in the Learning and Teaching of Academic Writing in French Angela Chambers
11. The Death of the Adverb Revisited: Attested Uses of Adverbs in Native and Non-native Comparable Corpora of Spoken English Pascual Pérez-Paredes
12. The Web-as-Multimodal Corpus Approach to Lexical Studies Based on Intercultural and Scalar Principles Anthony Baldry
13. Learning from Obama and Clinton: Language Classroom Corpora Relating to Individuals María Calzada Pérez
Section III: ADELEX: From Theory to Practice
Introduction to Section III María Moreno Jaén
14. 'Very' in Predicate Adjective Constructions: A Contrastive (English-Spanish) Discourse-Functional Approach Towards its Pedagogical Implementation Judith Carini Martinez
15. Developing University Learners' Collocational Competence: An Empirical Corpus-Based Investigation María Moreno Jaén
16. Exploring Conversational Grammar Through Films in the ELT Classroom: A Corpus-Based Approach M. Elena Rodriguez Martin
17. The use of DVD Films as Multimodal Texts to Raise Contextual Awareness in the Acquisition of Polite Words in English: The Case of 'Please' N. Ignacio Lopez Sako
18. ADELEX CAT: A Computer Adaptive Test for the Lexical Evaluation of University Students M. Teresa Lopez-Mezquita Molina
End Matter
References María Moreno Jaén
Appendix: ADELEX and EEL Websites María Moreno Jaén
Index María Moreno Jaén

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'The breath and depth of this assembled collection will be welcomed by readers with different interests, from post-graduate students in Applied Linguistics to experts in the areas of L2 vocabulary and corpus-based studies. In sum, this volume constitutes a very valuable addition to the applied linguistics literature in general and to the area of lexical studies in particular.'
Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada, Vol. 24, 2011

'All in all, this publication is invaluable to the non-expert on the fìeld, and it additionally admits very different readings by researchers on the teachìng and learning of languages and by anyone interested in English studies in the current situation of conflicting paradigms. It contains an incredible amount of information on new approaches to corpus linguistics both from a descriptive and an applied perspective.'
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, Vol. 64, 2012

'This volume is a welcome addition to the field in that it demonstrates a continuing research interest in applications of corpus-based methodologies to our understanding of language (specifically lexis) and, in turn, how we can use these insights to inform language teaching.'
The Modern Language Journal, Vol. 96, Issue 1, 2012

'American researchers in SLA who are more familiar with incidental vocabulary acquisition will find in this volume some informative pieces about a more explicit and interventionist approach to vocabulary learning well known in European English as a second language (ESL) circles—namely, the use of corpus-based methods to promote acquisition of second language (L2) lexis and, in particular, of L2 collocations.'
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