Corpus Consultation & Concordancing: Promoting Academic Literacy via the Web

BRUCE, Nigel James (Dept. of Law and Business HK Shue Yan University)
CHOW, Wilson (The University of Hong Kong)

10 May (Fri), 12:20-12:40
New Literacies and Transformative Learning Environments
Presentation format:
Paper Presentations
Medium of instruction:
English 英語


This paper proposes a web-based approach to improving the English literacy skills of students in any academic discipline. The vehicle being piloted at HKSYU is LegalEasy, a purpose-built self-access legal literacy enhancing program, which allows law students to search specialist legal databases (corpora) for the diverse forms of legal expression they need for their academic assignments. Students learn how they can rely on high frequency usage as a measure of “correct” usage, rather than being dependent on a language teacher’s judgment. This paper also presents evaluative student feedback on the pilot used within HKSYU’s Law & Business programme in 2012/13.


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Nigel BRUCE’s biography

Nigel Bruce has taught English in France, Mongolia, and Kuwait, and has spent the last 25 years at universities in Hong Kong teaching academic communication skills. He currently teaches students of Law. His research and development interests are in constructions of knowledge and practice, academic writing, rhetoric and reasoning in academic and professional legal writing and the potential of the Internet for promoting autonomous learning and enriching writing response practices across the academy.

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