ReCALL

Research Article

Teaching grammar again after twenty years: corpus-based help for teaching grammar

Tony McEnerya1, Andrew Wilsona1 and Paul Barkera1

a1 Lancaster University

Abstract

In this paper we consider how corpora may be of use in the teaching of grammar of the pre-tertiary level. Corpora are becoming well established in teaching in Universities. Corpora also have a role to play in secondary education, in that they can help decide how and what to teach, as well as changing the way in which puplis learn and providing the possibility of open-ended machine-aided tuition. Corpora also seem to provide what UK goverment sponsored reports on teaching grammar have called for – a data-driven approach to the subject.