Dr. Dana Gablasova from Lancaster University was invited to deliver a lecture entitled “Corpus Linguistics and Language Learning” in the National Key Research Center for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (CLAL) at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) on the morning of October 19th, 2016. The talk was chaired by Professor XU Hai, the Deputy Director of CLAL, and attracted a large audience from GDUFS and other universities.
After introducing the basic concepts of corpus and the objectives of language learning, Dr. Gablasova introduced the implementation of corpus linguistics inlanguage learning from three perspectives. Firstly, corpus features its diversity of data. Since corpus can provide large datasets and robustness of evidence, it is a resource in
research which can provide authentic testing materials. Secondly, corpus can reflect the frequency of language use. She explained the types of frequency, methods and the importance of frequency for language learning respectively. Then she presented her research on comparing four different corpora, her findings showed a new general vocabulary list based on frequency. Thirdly, the corpus can reflect the language in the real context of use. By introducing her empirical research of using corpus, she explained her findings on how L2 speakers of English express disagreement which has some pedagogical implications for language teaching. Finally, she concluded that corpora and corpus linguistics could be a very valuable resource for studying language learning.
Thetalk lasted about one and a half hour, and the audience showed their greatinterests and enthusiasm. It demonstrated how corpus linguistics was used inlanguage learning research.