Our research explores the search behaviour of EFL learners (n=24) by tracking their interaction with corpus-based materials during focus-on-form activities (Observe, Search the corpus, Rewriting). One set of learners made no use of web services other than the BNC during the central Search the corpus activity while the other set resorted to other web services and/or consultation guidelines. The performance of the second group was higher, the learners’ formulation of corpus queries on the BNC was unsophisticated and the students tended to use the BNC search interface to a great extent in the same way as they used Google or similar services. Our findings suggest that careful consideration should be given to the cognitive aspects concerning the initiation of corpus searches, the role of computer search interfaces, as well as the implementation of corpus-based language learning. Our study offers a taxonomy of learner searches that may be of interest in future research.
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2014. The role of guided induction in paper-based data-driven learning. ReCALL 26:2 ► pp. 184 ff.
Tono, Yukio, Yoshiho Satake & Aika Miura
2014. The effects of using corpora on revision tasks in L2 writing with coded error feedback. ReCALL 26:2 ► pp. 147 ff.
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