Use of Corpus in the Business English Classroom: From Lesser to More Specific
The integration of a corpus-based approach in the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) syllabus is one possible course design step in university settings. This paper describes a situation in which Business English is taught by incorporating corpus-driven knowledge and communicative task feedback. Two main goals are pursued in this reciprocal relationship: corpus-based data evaluation in the academic context and corpus material design by focusing on language and content needs in task performance. The subject of Business and Information Technology (BIT) serves as a common core backdrop where English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and ESP meet, providing feedback for Business and Computer English given their related study programs. IT is conceived as a subject area that applies to many others, and its use and applications enable the performance of communicative tasks in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This paper presents a framework for studying IT topics across various disciplines then focuses on the following: approaches to language development and language use and corpus integration (corpus use, task development, and assessing tasks and reviewing the corpus). The paper concludes that BIT is a subject area where both top-down and bottom-up language analyses are simultaneously possible. (Contains 26 bibliographic references.) (SM)
Fuentes, A.C. & Rokowski, P.E. (2002). Use of Corpus in the Business English Classroom: From Lesser to More Specific. Presented at IVACS Conference 2002.