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One Corpus, Two Contexts: Intersections of Content-Area Teacher Training and Medical Education

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This chapter explores the use of one corpus in two different contexts: content-area K-12 teacher preparation and medical education. The corpus, the Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection, consists of over 500 oral interviews and narratives; all of the speakers in the corpus reside in and around Mecklenburg County, NC, and span a range of ages, ethnicities, cultures and native languages. This collection is drawn upon to sensitize content-area public school teachers to the backgrounds of their increasingly diverse student population and to serve as a resource for creating and adapting contentarea lessons. Associated with this corpus is a smaller corpus of on-going conversations with speakers diagnosed with dementia; the language in the dementia corpus and that of the elderly speakers in the primary corpus are used as the basis for research on disordered speech and for teaching prospective health care providers how to communicate more effectively with the elderly. Using the primary corpus for two different educational initiatives has saved time and effort for language researchers.

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