Number one for English language teachers

The corpus principle

These articles and teaching tips on using copora in the classroom present a fresh perspective on corpora and suggest how, with a little imagination, we might find corpora in some unexpected places.

Inside Corpora

  • The corpus principle: Introduction to corpora

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article

    In this six-part series, Jamie Keddie asks, 'What is a corpus?' and invites us to think about how we might use corpora in the classroom.

  • The corpus principle: Part 1 – Songs

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff Room

    Jamie Keddie looks at how we can harness popular technologies, such as media players or lyric search sites, to illustrate language points in the classroom.

  • The corpus principle: Part 2 – Quotations

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff RoomPrint material

    Jamie Keddie looks at using quotations as a basis for language study as well as for a springboard to get our learners speaking and writing.

  • The corpus principle: Part 3 – Image corpora

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff Room

    Jamie Keddie takes a look at the potential uses of image corpora in language learning and teaching.

  • The corpus principle: Part 4 – Vocabulary and collocations

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff RoomPrint material

    Jamie Keddie examines conventional corpora – the databases of language that have been compiled specifically for the purpose of linguistic investigation – to see how they can be used to strengthen students’ understanding of the importance of collocation when learning a new language.

  • The corpus principle: Part 5 – Language rules

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff Room

    In the English classroom, student demand for simple yet reliable language rules has never been higher. In this article, Jamie Keddie looks at how corpora can allow learners to see rules for themselves and, in doing so, build up an understanding of how language works.

  • The corpus principle: Part 6 – DIY Corpora

    Author: Jamie Keddie Type: Article Staff Room

    In this article, Jamie Keddie describes a technique which involves creating personalized corpora for use in class.

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