How can we use concordancers in teaching English?

Activity 1. Deducing the meaning of the key word

The most obvious use of concordance output is to ask learners to deduce the meaning of the key word. The learners are presented with a small concordance of 4-7 lines in KWIC (Key Word in Context) format with to-be-learned word at the centre and use this information to select a suitable definition for the word from 1 correct and 2 randomly generated choices.

Now let’s look at an example with the word ELICIT.

What does ELICIT mean?
Analyse the Concordances and chose the right definition of ELICIT.

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