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Lecture: Corpora, grammar and ELT

CALS, Centre for Applied Language Studies and the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics are pleased to announce a guest lecture on:

Corpora, grammar and ELT
Ivor Timmis, Leeds Beckett University
Date: Thursday 22nd October
Time 12-13
Venue: Room C0078 

Corpus research has produced a wealth of insights about grammar in the following areas:
1) Information about the frequency of various grammatical structures both in general usage and across different registers
2) Fuller, register-sensitive descriptions of a range of spoken and written grammatical features
3) A closer understanding of associations between grammatical features and the lexis which typically co-occurs with those features
With very few exceptions, however, these findings have been slow to filter through to ELT materials and syllabuses. In this talk, we discuss examples of insights from corpus-based descriptions of grammatical features and consider the potential implications of such findings for ELT.

Dr Ivor Timmis is Reader in ELT at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches on the MA in ELT course and supervises PhD students.  He is the author of Corpus Linguistics for ELT (Routledge) and co-author with Freda Mishan of Materials Development for TESOL (EUP).