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Type: Conference paper
Title: Learning discipline-specific research English for a world stage: A self-access concordancing tool?
Author: Cargill, M.
Adams, R.
Citation: Higher education in a changing world: Higher education research and development society of Australasia Conference, 3 - 6 July 2006: pp. 86-92
Part of: Proceedings of the HERDSA conference 2005 'Higher education in a changing world'
Publisher: HERDSA
Publisher Place: CD ROM
Issue Date: 2005
ISBN: 0908557639
Conference Name: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (28th : 2005 : Sydney, Australia)
Abstract: Researchers and postgraduate research students who use English as an additional language (EAL) often struggle to gain command of the highly discipline-specifi c English they need to write independently for successful publication in the international literature. A self-access languagelearning tool that takes advantage of their existing facility with research processes and provides access to specifi c language elements they need to learn would be of benefi t. A potential has been recognised in the literature on computer-aided language learning, but not widely taken up to date, for using Concordancing software for such a purpose. Concordancers allow a selected set of texts (corpus) to be searched for systematic evidence of how particular language items are used. Th is showcase session demonstrates a concordancing program that is simple and functional enough for novices to use on their own, and the steps in constructing a corpus from published journal articles. We also discuss outcomes of our initial trials of the package with EAL research students in the fi elds of applied linguistics and agricultural sciences. Session participants at the conference will be invited to formulate their own questions about English usage for on-the-spot investigation using the concordancer.
RMID: 0020052625
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