Lexical-based methodological approaches applied to foreign language for specific purposes teaching and learning

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Corpora are a valuable resource in language teaching and learning, and the fast advance of technology has enhanced the corpus-based approaches not only in research but also in teaching and translation. Language methodological approaches to language teaching with a focus on LSP can profit from the use of corpus-based approaches, namely the syllabus and the lexical approaches (Willis, 1990; Lewis, 1993), as well as the data-driven learning (Johns, 1991). Nowadays, the countless language resources at our disposal, such as concordancers, mind map tools, automatic translators, online dictionaries, and glossaries are proof of that. Both the corpus and the lexical approaches boost students to take an active role as masters of their learning process. These learner-centred approaches to language teaching imply training in the use of corpus tools and the interpretation of linguistic data. Computer-mediated instruction and practices, specifically in the LSP classroom, promote the learning of specialized vocabulary in a motivating way and, ultimately, the acquisition of specialized knowledge. Having in mind this close connection between corpus-based approaches and the lexical-based methodologies to language teaching as innovative methods for the LSP classroom, in this paper I will discuss an experience with a course of Language of Specialty for foreign students of European Portuguese, that took place in the NOVA University of Lisbon. Although it was a short course, attended by students with different interests in what concerns the knowledge domain, the corpus-based approach has helped to overcome these challenges and proved to be an important resource to deal with terminology and specialized vocabulary in a multicultural environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvestigación e innovación en lengua extranjera
Subtitle of host publicationUna perspectiva global / Research and Innovation in Foreign Language Teaching: A Global Perspective
EditorsRaúl Ruiz Cecilia, Juan Ramón Guijarro Ojeda
Place of PublicationValência
PublisherTirant lo Blanch
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-19071-88-0
ISBN (Print)978-84-19071-88-0
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022
Event3rd New Trends In Foreign Language Teaching - online, Spain
Duration: 19 May 202121 May 2021


Conference3rd New Trends In Foreign Language Teaching
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  • Corpus-based approach
  • Computer-mediated teaching
  • Terminology acquisition
  • Language for specific purposes
  • Foreign language teaching and learning


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