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October 27, 2006

The Cambridge Corpus Tour: Osaka (Nov. 7) and Tokyo (Nov. 8)


What is a corpus, what insights can be gleaned from them, and how can they inform classroom materials? These questions and others will be answered by a panel of speakers at these special events in Osaka on November 7th at the British Council, and in Tokyo on November 8th at the Hilltop Hotel. Each event begins at 6pm and finishes at 9pm (9:10pm in Tokyo).

Professor Anne O’Keeffe, from the University of Limerick, will discuss insights into English grammar that can be gained from studying a corpus of English usage. Examples will be drawn from the Cambridge Grammar of English with suggestions for further classroom research and teaching.

Helen Sandiford, the author of Touchstone, will draw upon examples from her book to show how grammar is used in spoken language, and what strategies speakers use to manage conversations. Richard Walker, the Commissioning Editor of Cambridge University Press, will lead a presentation on insights gained from the Cambridge Learner Corpus, and how they can be applied to the development of teaching materials. Professor Yukio Tono (Meikai University) will be at the Tokyo event to give a presentation on examples of corpus applications to L2 education.

Admission is free. An e-mail address is provided below for reservations to either event.

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Map to the British Council in Osaka
Map to the Hilltop Hotel in Tokyo
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