BNC-Based Design of College English Vocabulary Teaching for Chinese College Students

Yanjuan HUO


The present study aims to bring about some innovations in construction and designing of vocabulary teaching on the basis of the BNC (British National Corpus). Corpus linguistics, providing the enormous and authentic language material, has been widely employed by scholars, teachers and researchers in various fields and perspectives of language research. Therefore, it has made significant contribution to language theory construction and gives a lot of inspiration to English foreign language (EFL) teaching. The present research applying the BNC corpus to the vocabulary teaching is intended to effectively improve teacher’s input and introduce corpus-based approach. Moreover, it wants to show that the computer-aided curriculum designing can effectively facilitate students’ vocabulary learning and improve their language proficiency.


BNC; Corpus; EFL

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BNC (The British National Corpus). (1970-1993). Retrieved from Website http: / /corpus. / bnc /

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