Summary matters: How lecturers review and preview information in engineering lectures

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Abstract

This paper explores the use of summary in Engineering lectures in global contexts. Data comes from the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC), which contains transcripts of 78 lectures (c.500,000 tokens) delivered in English in institutions in New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK. Techniques from corpus linguistics and data visualisation are used to show when and how lecturers use preview- and review-type summaries. Results indicate macro-level patterns in usage that challenge some established views about the nature of lecture discourse, and also distinctive micro-level language features. These results can be used to inform lecture design and delivery.

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ConferenceAdvance HE Teaching and Learning Conference
Abbreviated titleLearning from global communities
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period3/07/185/07/18
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Keywords

  • lecture
  • summary
  • engineering
  • corpus linguistics

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Alsop, S. (2018). Summary matters: How lecturers review and preview information in engineering lectures. Abstract from Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, Birmingham, United Kingdom.