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Living in the past or present: ESOL speakers’ language influences?

Ní Mhocháin, R (2014) Living in the past or present: ESOL speakers’ language influences? In: The Seventh Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Conference, 19 - 21 June 2014, Newcastle University.

Abstract

Does an ESOL speaker’s living situation influence the language they use or do past language classes have greater impact? This research looks at language used by ESOL speakers in Ireland, both those continuing to take language classes (Non-Expert Users) and those no longer enrolled in such classes (Expert Users). The data comprises of focus groups conducted with ESOL speakers who were resident in Ireland at the time. The focus group discussion topic centred on their experiences of conversation in Ireland and what benefit, if any, they felt previous language education classes afforded them in conversational situations they faced in Ireland. This paper focuses in on the Expert Users and further divides them into their work context; academic and non-academic. Corpus Linguistics is used to identify potential areas of interest which are further examined in context. Does the language used by these subgroups differ in any considerable way and if so what does that mean for language teaching?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 11:51
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 10:40
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/2637
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