Using corpus-based discourse analysis for curriculum development: Creating and evaluating a pronunciation course for internationally educated nurses

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Abstract

This paper discusses the development of corpus-based curriculum for ESP, with a focus on two underresearched areas: health care communication and the use of corpus materials for pronunciation. Three aspects of corpus-based curriculum development are explored: corpus-based needs analysis; corpus-based materials development; and corpus-based assessment and evaluation (Flowerdew, 2012; Tono, 2011). First, this paper briefly reports on a quantitative corpus-based analysis of 104 nurse-patient interactions that was conducted to identify needs of nurses in clinical interactions, with a focus on the findings related to pronunciation (pitch range, tone choice, and prominence/sentence stress). Key differences were found between international and U.S. nurse discourse in the use of these features. Next, the paper describes the curriculum for a Pronunciation for Nurses course, with an emphasis on corpus-based materials development from the corpus described above. Finally, the paper discusses the corpus-based assessment of participants’ progress and an evaluation of the Pronunciation for Nurses curriculum, including pre and post-tests, interviews with nurse participants, interviews with ESL teachers, and course evaluations. The methods discussed in the paper have implications for other ESP contexts and other aspects of language use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalEnglish for Specific Purposes
Volume53
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Health care communication
  • Prosody

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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