ABSTRACT This paper describes the application of a corpus-based approach to teaching English for specific and academic purposes. I discuss the pedagogical implications that corpus investigation may have for language learning and language teaching processes. The specific focus of this paper is on modality which, both in epistemic and deontic verbal expression, is identified and analysed in a corpus of 67 editorial articles from The Economist. In order to develop learners’ persuasion-based writing skills, the unequivocally momentous role that modality plays in newspaper editorials is highlighted; particular attention is paid to the modal expressions used by journalists to communicate their personal concerns over and dis/agreement with specific issues, and to influence the reader’s opinion. Keywords: corpus investigation, language learning, epistemic modality, deontic modality, The Economist.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Innovation in Methodology and Practice in Language Learning: Experiences and Proposals for University Language Centres|
|Numero di pagine||519|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2015|