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A Microblog Corpus Using Tumblr for Understanding Japanese University Students’ EFL Writing

Librenjak, Sara ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1696-6777 and Olexa, Robert Anthony (2019) A Microblog Corpus Using Tumblr for Understanding Japanese University Students’ EFL Writing. AI and Machine Learning in Language Education. pp. 139-151.

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This pilot study presents an analysis of the EFL writing produced by Japanese university students (n = 474) in core English classes. Students were asked to write one post a week on the microblogging platform Tumblr over 15 weeks. The blog posts were manually copied, pasted, and compiled
into a microblog corpus. The writing was then analyzed using Compleat Lexical Tutor. A separate
word list, including target words from the textbooks used in class, was also used. Analytical tools were
used to gain a better understanding of how students were learning and using the words when writing.
The findings show an initial 63.67% coverage of target words. However, the coverage dissipates when
analyzed for repeated word use. In turn, the analysis of words that were not covered reveals several
interesting findings. Examples of frequently used words and phrases are presented with the further intent of developing a research-based approach to improving pedagogy for writing skill in the Japanese
English as a Foreign Language (JEFL) context.
この予備実験では、日本人の大学生(n = 474)が必修英語授業で作成したEFL文章の分析を書いた。学生はマイクロブログ
れた。それから文章はCompleat Lexical Tutorを使って分析を行った。授業で使用されている教科書の中から対象となる単語を

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania > PL501-699 Japanese language
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9831

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