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122231 AR Linguistics Course (interactive) (2018S)

Exploring English with online Corpora

1.50 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

in preparation


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

20 April Getting Started with Online Resources, Issues in the Use of Corpora & Corpus Linguistics, and Introduction to Textbook (Exploring English Using Online Corpora)
4th May Chapter 5: Tasks 5.3-5.7
11th May Chapter 5: Tasks 5.8-5.12
18th May Chapter 5: Tasks 5.13-5.17
25th May Chapter 5: Tasks 5.18-5.22

Friday 20.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 04.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 11.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 18.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Friday 25.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A


Aims, contents and method of the course

The Internet provides as many great resources for the teacher and learner of English as it does for the researcher. This module intends to survey the types of online resources and their applications. A basic premise is that the Internet acts as a friendly informant about English usage. However, we will be less interested as the Web itself as a corpus (despite its popularity as such) and rather more about specific resources mounted on it, including dictionaries, but principally corpora. The number of carefully constructed online corpora is steadily growing and are proving ever more attractive as providers of authentic and reliable data. These data may as readily answer specific queries about usage as provide the basis for systematic description. Using the textbook Exploring English with Online Corpora (Second Edition, 2017), and by concentrating on chapter 5 (‘Exploring Grammar with Corpora’), this module aims to do just such exploring by undertaking the ‘tasks’ which accompany the chapters, and by keeping an eye on the teacher and learner. The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of the possibilities for use of corpora and other resources on the Internet and to cultivate skill in exploiting those resources.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
regular exercises
an oral presentation
written assignment

Class Presentation.
Class Presentations should take 10 minutes, with 5 minutes for discussion.
Your presentation should be based on the task you have been set and follow the instructions in the textbook.

Examination topics

attendance (10%)
oral presentation (30%)
written assignment (60%)


Corpora and Process-oriented teaching/learning

Write an assignment of 2,500 words which shows how the use corpora facilitate a process-oriented approach to language teaching (Anderson & Corbett: pp. 190-196), and which is based on three different types of corpus searches (as demonstrated through the tasks of chapter 5). You may but need not make use of the material in your class presentation.

Reading list

Set text: Wendy Anderson & John Corbett, Exploring English with Online Corpora (London: Palgrave, Second Edition, 2017). Students will be required to own their own copy. A .pdf copy is available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344;
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-223;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0028

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33