Selected Publications

An increasing number of studies have shown the potential associations between corpus work and second language acquisition and teaching. Some research, for example, explores the effect of data-driven learning (DDL, Johns 1991) in the context of foreign language learning. Up till now, however, empirical quantitative studies on the topic have been limited, especially with respect to foreign languages other than English. In order to bridge this gap, a quasi-experimental longitudinal design was used in the present study to examine whether there is a statistically significant difference between the DDL approach to vocabulary learning and more traditional learning methods (e.g., dictionary approach) in the context of Spanish as a foreign language (SFL) by Chinese students. The study further gauged students’ attitude towards DDL activities. The results of two post-tests revealed that the DDL group of students significantly outperformed the group of students following a traditional learning method. Furthermore, a questionnaire assessment collected from the experimental group showed that the respondents generally favored DDL and adopted a positive attitude towards its future application to Spanish learning.
Research in Corpus Linguistics, 2019

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

How do Chinese students of Spanish use reporting verbs in their master’s thesis? A concordance-based analysis
May 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Collocates of immigrant across three corpora: Exploratory view
Jun 28, 2018 4:00 PM
Corpus-driven Approach to Lexical Semantic Change: A Case Study
Jun 13, 2018 4:30 PM
El Aprendizaje del Vocabulario mediante Data-driven Learning en un Contexto de Español como Lengua Extranjera
May 9, 2018 11:30 AM

Projects

Teaching

2015.10-2016.06 Shanghai International Studies University

Part-time professor of Spanish in a language training institute affiliated to Shanghai International Studies University

2014.10-2015.06 Heilongjiang University

Part-time professor of Spanish in Department of International Education affiliated to Heilongjiang University

Contact

  • gang.yao(^AT^)um.es
  • Calle Santo Cristo nº 1, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, 30001, Spain