Well, that went quickly, didn’t it? Friday 1st Aprilis officially the last day of the course and we make available the final unit, unit 8. Now, this isn’t really a full unit as such, rather it just wraps up the course, asks for feedback, gives you chance to register for your course certificate and explains how to stay in touch with us and learning technology once the course is over. The whole thing can be done in less than an hour, so don’t worry if you haven’t got here yet and you’re thinking ‘How am I going to get the chance to finish another unit as well as cope with everything else that’s going on?’.
Remember that you can sign up for an end of course webinar by letting us know your availability through this poll.
Also don’t forget the Final Assignment, due on 7th January – look at unit 6 for more information. However, if the assignment date is too soon for you given the current circumstances, please message us and we’ll do our best to try and arrange an extension.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed this course and we hope you have too. Engaging with you in the forums and the online tutorials/webinars has been great and we sincerely hope that some of the basic principles we’ve explored have been useful for both you and your centres in these days of unprecedented pedagogical upheaval. We hope you manage to have a restful break and we look forward to reading through your final assignments.
Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos website is an excellent resource for tips/ideas for using technology in English teaching.
So, we’re now moving on to the final unit of the course, released on Monday 6th December at 10.00 (UK time) and given that it’s a busy term and you may still be working on previous units, we’ve decided to keep it a short one. This module will provide a guide on how to use the Corpus Query Language function in Sketch Engine, as well as additional support on how to build your own mini-corpus. We’ll also remind you of ways to stay in touch and share useful links once the course is over.
Just to reassure you that the course website will stay open until Friday 7th January – which is also the deadline for the final assignment – so you have time to catch up if need be. For those who successfully complete the course, you will also have permanent access to a self-study version of the course containing most of the content.
Also, remember there are optional drop-in sessions this week to attend on Zoom if you want. More details can be found further down the homepage.
Well done on getting to the end of the course, we know it’s been hard work but we hope it’s been worth it. Still continue to share ideas and experiences via the Telegram group! Unit 5 of the course will be available from Wednesday 23rd March at 09:00 (Cuban time). Angharad Vernon-Hunt, Course Tutor
Well, this is it, the final unit! Hope you’ve enjoyed working through the content. Remember that you will continue to have access to the course for another month to give you the chance to complete any activities you didn’t have time to complete during the course. Unit 8 will be available on Wednesday 23rd March at…
Unit 5 is available on Monday 30th November at 10:00 (UK time) and returns to the topic of concordancing and expands by looking at the N-gram and frequency functions.
Just a couple of reminders: remember about the final assignment explained in the previous unit. Also, we’d love to have the chance to meet with you before the course ends, so remember about our drop-in sessions in week 6 of the course on the 9th and 11th December. More details can be found further down this home page.
…and on that appalling pun, we usher in unit 7, available on Friday 18th March at 10.00 (UK time). And this is really our last proper unit in the sense that unit 8 – the final unit – is quite short and is just designed to wrap up the course with no new content. So we wanted to make it a good one and as our punning title suggests, it’s on the topic of corpus linguistics and the web tools that can be used to explore corpora for useful information about academic language and to help create classroom activities. It’s a big topic and for that reason this is another two-week unit.
Oh, just one thing to remind you about: even if you aren’t anywhere near unit 7, in the first topic we talk about the end-of-course webinars we run for participants in the final weeks of the course, which are totally optional by the way. We put a link to a poll where you can let us know your availability so we can assign you to one of the webinar slots available, if you don’t think you are going to get to unit 7 anytime soon but would still like to attend one of the webinars, please go to this link and let us know your availability. Don’t worry, you can still attend the webinars even if you are still working through the unit.
This is a guide to a series of useful tools for lexical and text analysis.