2.3.4 Corpora for language learning

Review Materials

Welcome to the “Employing corpora for language learning” Section of the ENRICH CPD Course. This Section focuses on the use and function of language corpora in language research and language learning. The aim is to learn how to consult and use corpora in English language teaching and to explore the use of English as a lingua franca (ELF) in language corpora. To this end, the most relevant ELF corpora are discussed and offered for consultation. Two of the major platforms for consulting corpora – BYU and SketchEngine – are presented, while Data Driven Learning (DDL) is introduced as a powerful approach to language learning where real language data are investigated by learners and learner-centered activities focus on language discovery. This Section includes four Activities in total.

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Supplementary Materials

Click here to download the Power Point Presentation used in the video.
Click here to download the transcript of the video.
Click here to download a file with all the links used in the video.
Click here to watch the video “Prof. McCarthy reflects on corpora and spoken language”.
Click here to watch the video “Corpus Linguistics: The Basics”.


This Section includes the following Activities:

  • Activity 1: What are corpora?
  • Activity 2: What can corpora reveal about English? *
  • Activity 3: Extracts from English spoken corpora
  • Activity 4: Corpora for discovering authentic use of English
  • Additional Activity: Example from VOICE

Click here to download the Activities in a printable format.

How to cite this section:

Lopriore, L. and Fiasco, V. (2021). Employing corpora for language learning [Online Lecture]. In N. Sifakis and S. Kordia (Eds.), The ENRICH Continuous Professional Development Course. The ENRICH Project. (http://enrichproject.eu/lessons/172-2-3-4-corpora-for-language-learning)


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