This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge of corpus linguistics that will enable them to bring corpora and corpus resources into their language classrooms. First, it provides the necessary theoretical understanding of the principles of corpus linguistics that underlie the correct use of corpus linguistic techniques. Next, the module will introduce students to a range of available corpus resources such as different types of corpora and tools available for analysing them. In the module, students will be given the opportunity to explore these resources and evaluate their usefulness for different teaching contexts and for different learner needs. Finally, the course will equip students with the practical skills necessary for developing effective classroom materials and activities using corpus linguistics.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to demonstrate:
familiarity with recent developments in the field of language teaching and learning
appropriate use of corpus linguistics for purposes of teaching and materials development
sensitivity to different teaching contexts and target populations
developing skills in analysing language of learners' second language use