Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 4(4), pp. 262 - 274
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2016.040404
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Exploring the Effectiveness of Combined Web-based Corpus Tools for Beginner EFL DDL


Kiyomi Chujo 1, Yuichiro Kobayashi 2,*, Atsushi Mizumoto 3, Kathryn Oghigian 4
1 College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University, Japan
2 Faculty of Sociology, Toyo University, Japan
3 Faculty of Foreign Language Studies, Kansai University, Japan
4 School of Fundamental Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of combining two newly developed web-based tools for the foreign language DDL classroom. One is a KWIC concordance tool, WebParaNews, and the other is a lexical profiling tool, the LagoWordProfiler. Both are freeware and are based on the same parallel corpus, ParaNews, which consists of newspaper texts in English along with their aligned translations in Japanese. Using the same syllabus to teach various types of noun phrases for ten weeks, only one tool was used with the 2013 group, and both of the two tools were used in combination with the 2014 group. In order to reconfirm the effectiveness of combining two tools, both of the two tools were also used in 2015 group. In each year the teaching effect was measured using a pre- and post-test, and students' feedback was collected using a 31-item questionnaire. Groups using both tools performed better than the single tool group on the gain between the pre- and post-test and gave more positive student feedback. This combined-resource approach using different types of information from two corpus tools may be more helpful for understanding the targeted grammar items than a more traditional single tool approach.

KEYWORDS
DDL, Web-based Corpus Tools, EFL

Cite this paper
Kiyomi Chujo , Yuichiro Kobayashi , Atsushi Mizumoto , Kathryn Oghigian . "Exploring the Effectiveness of Combined Web-based Corpus Tools for Beginner EFL DDL." Linguistics and Literature Studies 4.4 (2016) 262 - 274. doi: 10.13189/lls.2016.040404.