Jun 012012

Authors: Xunfeng Xu

To teach the subject Analysis of English Grammar, an on-line corpus tool is introduced to the students of undergraduate course for adult learners for the purpose of understanding the grammatical structure and use of English verbs in business correspondence. Students are divided into groups of three or four to work on their own, and for assessment, they need to write a short paper analyzing the patterns and characteristics of the verb selected as it is used in the on-line corpus. To record and asses the knowledge building process involved, Kowledge Forum is used during the course and many interesting features of these adult learners are thus captured. Further analysis of this knowledge building discourse reveals some interesting characteristics of this specific group of adult learners who have a busy working life and are engaged in business correspondence at work during the day time.