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Corpora for Linguists vs. Corpora for Learners

Bridging the Gap in Italian L2 Learning and Teaching

Luciana Forti    Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italia    

Stefania Spina    Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italia    



This paper aims to shed light on how research findings stemming from Learner Corpus Research (LCR) can inform the development of Data-driven learning (DDL) pedagogical activities. By doing this, it seeks to show how the gap between corpora built to be used by linguists and those tailored for learners can be filled. It starts by defining what a corpus is and how second language learning studies can benefit from the research findings based on corpora, but also from the direct use of corpora in the classroom. Then, it provides an overview of the available native and learner corpora of Italian, and how corpora in general can be adapted for DDL purposes. Finally, it describes an example of how an LCR finding can be used to develop DDL activities. It concludes with some desiderata for the future.

April 22, 2020
Nov. 30, 2019
June 9, 2019

Keywords: LCRItalian L2CollocationsDDLPedagogical materials design

Copyright: © 2019 Luciana Forti, Stefania Spina. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.