Welcome to unit 4

Thanks to everyone for their participation on the course so far and congratulations on getting this far! We hope you found unit 3 enjoyable and you took some useful ideas to use with your students. Please remember to continue talking in the Telegram group.  Unit 4 of the course will be available from Wednesday 16th…

Welcome to Unit 7

We’re getting closer to the end of the course but we hope you are still enjoying it and finding it useful to engage with the content and with your tutors and fellow teachers!  Unit 7 will be available on Wednesday 16th March at 07.00 (South Africa time), please try to start it as soon as possible…

Unit 4 with a difference…

Ok, we’re now pushing on into unit 4, released on Monday 22nd November at 10.00 am (UK time) and in this unit we’ll be focussing on differences between word meanings and usage and how we can use corpus tools to help us with that in the classroom. We hope you find it interesting.

Now, don’t worry if you have got behind with the course, there is a certain slack built into the system so you can be working on earlier unit even while later ones have been released. We’ll still continue to monitor the earlier units’ forums for any posts and we’ll also keep the course site open for a while after the course has ended to give you time to catch up and round off if you need to.

It’s all about the apps..

Well, this week we are back to our usual one-week unit, this one on the divisive topic of mobile phones (available Friday 11th March at 10.00 UK time). Most teachers have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these mobile devices. We know that they can be useful in so many ways as there’s so much power packed inside them and so many learning opportunities in the apps you can download, but at the same time they can be incredibly distracting for students during the lessons. We don’t want to skirt this issue. In fact, we address it head on at the start of the unit but then go on to explore how we can exploit these device in and outside the classroom.

Some of you may still be in catch-up mode, and that’s ok, but it might be worth just clicking into this unit to read about the Final Assignment. This is  the final reflective task you need to do on the course to officially complete it and it’s due on Friday 7th January (for Chinese teachers it will be later, please see the page for details) so do take a look ahead if necessary to find out more about it. There’s a space on that page if you want to ask any questions as well.

Welcome to unit 3

Thanks to everyone for their participation on the course so far. We hope you found unit 2 enjoyable and you took some useful ideas to use with your students. Please remember to continue talking in the Telegram group and sharing ideas and experiences.  Unit 3 of the course will be available from Wednesday 9th March at…

Welcome to Unit 6

Wow, you’ve already completed 5 units of the course and you’ve only got 3 more left. It’s amazing how quickly the time has gone! Please continue to work hard and practise the new language in your classrooms with your learners. Unit 6 will be available on Wednesday 9th March at 09.00 (South Africa time), please…

A very sketch-y unit

It really has been fascinating reading your reactions to the Ana Frankenberg-Garcia article and how positively you feel she frames the role that corpora and corpus tools can play in the classroom.

We’re now heading into Module 3, released on Monday 15th November at 10:00 am (UK time). And this one’s pretty sketchy as we’re focussing on the Word Sketch function within Sketch Engine, a really useful tool for generating collocations.

Just one more reminder. This week there are two optional drop-in slots via Zoom where you can pop in, meet the course tutors and ask any questions you might have about the course or specific ones about how to use certain tools. Details and links can be found further down this page.