As educators recognise the ability of computer technology to create both independent and collaborative learning settings, the role of computer technology as a resource for foreign language learners is growing in this digital era. Computer technologies such as the Internet, multimedia, and hypermedia have all been used in English Language Learning and Teaching (ELLT) to aid in the language learning process, and all of these fall under the category of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Corpus linguistics is a systematic study of actual (genuine) language creation (spoken or written), in which texts are constructed using computer technology (concordancer) to generate a vast collection of authentic texts, referred to as a corpus (plural-corpora). Despite decades of study on corpus linguistics, the potentials and limitations of Data-Driven Learning (DDL), and the application of corpus linguistics in English Language Teaching (ELLT), have not been generally studied. As a result, the purpose of this chapter is to explore the potentials and limitations of DDL in order to provide a foundation for future research. The chapter’s educational use of DDL was used to demonstrate the contrasts between DDL and non-DDL techniques. This valuable knowledge is presented as a way to promote DDL and develop independent learners in the twenty-first century classroom. DDL learning also teaches learners to be self-corrective, constructive, and autonomous, especially when it comes to completing communicative tasks.
Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), 21300, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia.
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