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《Foreign Language Teaching and Research》 2011-01
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Why frequency can no longer be ignored in ELT?

Geoffrey Leech (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, LA1 4YT, United Kingdom)  
I begin this paper with a brief survey of how frequency — in particular, frequency of words — had a role in language learning in the days before electronic corpora existed. Then I consider how the "corpus revolution" made frequency information available in a totally unprecedented way from the 1960s onward. Finally I discuss the usefulness of frequency to the language learner and teacher, and some new directions in applied linguistics favourable to frequency.
【CateGory Index】: H314
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