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EDUC5914M Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Yen Dang

Taught: 1 Mar to 31 May View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

EDUC5961M Corpora in TESP

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module looks at the use of corpora in the teaching of English language. It will show you what kinds of corpora are available and how to use them to identify what language specific groups of learners need to learn. The module will also help you understand the ways in which you can use the results of this analysis in the classroom and how learners can be helped to use this kind of software in their own learning.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the phraseological approach to language;
- be aware of available corpora and tools;
- have hands-on experience in the use and exploration of corpora for English language teaching and learning - be able to review corpus-informed materials;
- be able to review corpus-informed materials;
- understand the principles of data-driven learning;
- understand the use of corpora as a reference for NNS (and NS);
- be aware of critical issues in using corpora in the English language classroom.

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes will include:
- understandings of phraseological approaches to language;
- awareness of the different corpora available for analysis;
- awareness of critical issues in corpora use;
- understanding of the principles of data-driven learning.

Skills outcomes
Students completing this module will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities to:
- critically engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms;
- make effective decisions in complex and unpredictable situations;
- learn independently.


This module will introduce students to the applications of corpus-based approaches to the analysis of authentic texts, both written and spoken, drawn from a variety of domains. The module will also familiarize students with various search engines available for corpus querying. We will look at the implications of corpus-informed materials for curriculum design and self-access use. We will also examine the principles of data-driven learning and the implications of this approach for learner training in corpus used in an ELT/EAP context.

Session content is as follows:
Session 1: Introduction to corpora and the corpus approach;
Session 2: Contributions from corpora to our knowledge about language;
Session 3: Using corpora in the design of teaching materials;
Session 4: Data-driven learning; students engaging directly with corpora and concordances;
Session 5: Corpus building; designing and creating specialist corpora for language analysis and teaching;
Session 6: Looking critically at corpus approaches.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours138.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading for each seminar: 5 hours
- Group preparation for each seminar: 5 hours
- Assignment reading and preparation: 72 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through monitoring of student participation and learning outcomes of:
- in-class tasks;
- of out-of-class tasks;
- and of class participation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Assessment, as for all School of Education Level 5 modules, will be by assignment. Assignments will ask participants to consider the relevance and implications of one or more aspects of the issues that have been discussed in the module for their own TESOL context.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 12:18:04


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