These articles and teaching tips by Jamie Keddie present a fresh perspective on corpora and suggest how, with a little imagination, we might find corpora in some unexpected places.
Corpora in the classroom
The first three articles in this series will focus on non-conventional corpora such as lyric search sites, film scripts and internet search engines. Then we will examine the diverse possibilities for conventional corpora in the classroom (the British National Corpus, for example). Finally, we will see how easy and advantageous it can be for your learners to develop their own personal corpus.
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In this new six-part series, Jamie Keddie asks, 'What is a corpus?' and invites us to think about how we might use corpora in the classroom.
Jamie Keddie looks at how we can harness popular technologies, such as media players or lyric search sites on the Internet, to illustrate language points in the classroom.
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.
Welcome to the third part of this series in which we examine the potential roles of non-conventional corpora (search engines, etc.) in language learning and teaching. So far, we have looked at lyric search sites, multimedia players and quotation banks. In this article, our attention is going to shift from words to pictures.
In this fourth article in the series, our attention turns to conventional corpora – i.e. the databases of language that have been compiled specifically for the purpose of linguistic investigation.
In the English classroom, student demand for simple, yet reliable language rules has never been higher. In this article, the fifth in the series, 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.
In this last article in the series, Jamie Keddie describes a technique which involves creating personalized corpora for use in class.