Corpus linguistics studies take advantage of the existence of large collections of language production (written or spoken language) in order to investigate a language. Foreign language pedagogy is now beginning to see new possibilities for recent advances in corpus linguistics to improve language teaching and learning. Readily available Korean-language corpora and easy-to-use tools can now be used on the spot in a language teaching context, by teachers and learners without extensive training in computational linguistics, and studies of linguistic features can be tailored to specific pedagogic context and learning requirements.
The NFLRC Summer Institute workshop Corpus Linguistics for Korean Language Learning and Teaching acquainted participants with the basic concepts of corpus linguistics, including corpus construction and annotation, concordancing, frequency counts and ranks, grammatical tagging, and related concepts. Participants learned how to access Korean corpora and how to use the available computer programs for Korean corpus analysis. The workshop outlined techniques for the teacher to use in materials preparation and curriculum design and for the individual learner to use in exploring meaning, structure, and use in Korean. In the second part of the workshop, participants engaged in individual projects chosen with their own learning goals in mind.
The final evaluation report of this workshop is available online at nflrc.hawaii.edu/networks/NW34.pdf