corpus can be defined as a large sample of written or spoken language, used for studying the language.
this week, my lecturer Duncan Hunter introduced us to a useful website which is called BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS. Here is the LINK to the website.
As a language teacher, I really think this website is very useful for both teacher and students. The reasons are:
- both teachers and students will get to know other(native speakers') real language used in terms of collocation of words. This is also a valid evidence because the samples are taken from newspaper and everyday conversation language (authentic language use)
- help to expand students' lexical items/ vocabulary items in a way that they can know what words can go together and what words cannot
- help students to increase their communicative strategy and intercultural skills because if students are trained to use this websites, they will be more alert with the real language use. This is because spoken words can have more than one meaning that usually connote other meanings and commonly associated with the culture of the language users
- Teacher should remind students to be selective because not all of the sentences use are suitable to use in academic or classroom context
- sometimes, the words are used very widely and it may cause confusion and misunderstand