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Speaker: Dr. Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe (University of Huddersfield, UK)

Dr Tatyana Karpenko-Seccombe is a Senior Lecturer in EAP at the University of Huddersfield, UK. She teaches academic writing to international doctorate students, and she extensively uses corpora and concordancers in her teaching. She has recently published a resource book, Academic Writing with Corpora (Routledge, 2020). Her other interests lie in the area of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. She published papers in such journals as Journal of EAP, CADAAD journal, Corpora, English Text Construction, Women’s Studies International Forum and chapters in the books Language of Conflict (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Stylistic Approaches to Pop Culture (forthcoming).  

Title: Practical use of corpora and concordancers in teaching rhetorical functions

Abstract: The classroom use of concordancers is largely based on the principle of Data Driven Learning – DDL (Johns 1994), one of the main principles of which is that students discover linguistic information for themselves using corpus consultations. Concordancers can help clarify the meanings and usage of words by providing multiple contexts; they allow learners to explore words’ typical collocations in order to make informed word choices. Not surprisingly then, corpus methods have been used primarily to teach vocabulary. However, ‘one criticism aimed at DDL is that it ignores the “big themes” of language…’ (Boulton 2007). 

In this presentation, I look at the practical application of corpora and concordances, exploring their potential in ‘rhetorical consciousness-raising’ (Lee and Swales 2006:58). In particular, this presentation provides examples of practical corpus-based patterns associated with rhetorical moves common in academic writing, as well as with stance, strength of claim and use of evaluative language. It will demonstrate ways of integrating these examples into everyday classroom practice. The tasks are based on the use of several corpus tools, Lextutor concordance, SkELL, BNC-English corpora and MICUSP. They are targeted at upper-intermediate and advanced second language learners – senior undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers – and can be used across multiple disciplines. 

Time zones: 9pm (Brisbane), 8am (Sao Paulo), 11am (UK)


About International Perspectives on Corpus Technology for Language Learning - Seminar Series

Given the challenges to language education posed by COVID-19, increasing collaborative development in online pedagogies and resources ensures continuity of language education throughout the pandemic, while preparing students to succeed in an uncertain post-COVID-19 world. This seminar series is a global initiative spanning multiple time zones, with participants from Brazil, the UK, the USA, France, Poland and Australia, discussing the latest applications of language corpora for (language) learning. Topics include the use of corpora for language education, corpus pragmatics, text analytics for classroom use, data-driven learning, and much more, with a range of famous international speakers.

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The seminars will take place in the following time zones: 9pm (Brisbane), 8am (Sao Paulo), 11am (UK)