CORPUS LINGUISTICS AS A LANGUAGE AWARENESS RAISING TOOL
Within the field of Applied Linguistics, language awareness movement has developed a descriptive approach to language teaching and learning, which entails a higher level of attention to language use in context and a higher degree of engagement in the discovery of how the language system functions. The concern related to the ways of enhancing language awareness can be mitigated by addressing the language corpora as a contemporary reaction against prescriptive methodologies. This article aims to emphasize the importance of language awareness and sheds light on the valuable potential of language corpora as an awareness-raising tool both for teachers and for learners. This insight, deriving from a range of sources of evidence, is believed to be beneficial for the participants of the ELT community, as it can provide useful information as to how they could compensate for the deficiencies of a conventional EFL classroom (e.g. authenticity of language data and enhancement of language awareness).
Keywords: language awareness, language corpora, descriptive methodology, learner engagement; discovery learning.
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