|Author||Ang, Mei Ling|
|Title||Using corpus-based materials as a teaching resource for the teaching of prepositions in a Singapore primary school.|
|Institute||Thesis (M.A.) (Applied Linguistics) National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University|
|Call no.||PE1068.S55 Ang|
|A strong interest to incorporate
corpus-based materials as a teaching resource
for language teaching motivated this study. The use of concordances from
materials to teach prepositions in a primary school was carried out to
learning of prepositions through the common classroom practice and the
prepositions through concordances. This study also examined the acceptability
corpus materials in language learning by the pupils.
Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used in the investigation, including an experiment, a pupils interview and the teachers reflection in the teaching log. Phase 1 was the comparison of pre-test and post-test scores of an experiment group which learnt the 5 prepositions (at, by, in, of, to) through teachers slides and a control group which learnt the same prepositions through the study of concordances. Phase 2 included an interview of the pupil participants who had been introduced to corpus materials and concordances, and also reflections of a teacher in the teaching log.
The findings revealed that there was a positive impact on test scores when corpus materials were incorporated into classroom teaching. The qualitative results indicated that a rather large percentage of the respondents felt that learning through the analysis of concordance lines was difficult.
The results show that pupils score better when corpus materials are integrated in their learning whether they like or dislike learning through concordances, compared to the teachers coaching with the use of the PowerPoint slides. Teachers can entice pupils to study the concordances if the presentation of concordances on activity sheets is modified for pupils to read easily.