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This corpus lesson is designed to familiarize students of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) with a wide range of transition words. Using the Corpus of Contemporary American English, students distinguish transition words by finding differences in meaning, grammaticality, and sentence position. The inductive inquiry focus of this lesson can heighten student interest in the lexical nuances and grammatical behavior of these highly frequent words, better equipping students to use transitions effectively in their own writing.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, in Teaching English with Corpora: A Resource Book on 2023, available online at