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Costas Gabrielatos & Judit Kormos: Corpus-based analysis of the use of the present continuous construction in oral language proficiency exams

Date: 2 May 2012 Time: 3.30-5.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North SR 10

The Second Language Learning and Teaching (SLLAT) Research Group and the Language Testing Reseach Group (LTRG) are pleased to announce the following presentation:

Corpus-based analysis of the use of the present continuous construction in oral language proficiency exams

Costas Gabrielatos and Judit Kormos

This presentation gives an overview of the results of an ongoing research project examining the use of the present continuous construction in the speech of foreign language learners of English. The data for the study is derived from a large corpus of oral language proficiency test tasks assessing 588 students' language ability from beginner to the advanced level. Corpus analytic methods were used to extract all instances of the present continuous construction from the speech of candidates and examiners, which were then coded for the semantic function they expressed. For a comparison, two more datasets were analysed: the examiners' use of the construction and 1000 randomly selected occurrences of the present continuous in spoken British National Corpus. The presentation describes the distribution of the target construction and its semantic functions across language proficiency levels and discusses the implications of the results for second language acquisition research and language proficiency assessment.

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Organising departments and research centres: Language Testing Research Group (LTRG), Linguistics and English Language, Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group (SLLAT)

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