Corpus-Based Studies of Learner Talk: Conclusion and Future Directions
This book explored learner oral production in university-level ESL (and specifically, EAP) classrooms in the USA from a corpus-based approach, utilizing specialized corpora of learner talk. We described and interpreted the structure of learner (and teacher) spoken language in the classroom, language experience interviews, and peer response/feedback activities. Our discussions also focused on ideas related to corpus design and development, implications for SLA, semantic content analysis, and some methodological limitations of current research. A summary of our concluding remarks, suggestions for pedagogy and practice, and future research directions is presented below.
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