Closing the book

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.

Concordancing revisited

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.

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.

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.

All in ac(on)cordance for unit 2

We hope you enjoyed unit 1, it’s been great getting to know you via the Padlet and the Forum discussions.

Ok, now after the gentle, rolling start of the first unit, we’re going to kick things up a notch with unit 2, released on Monday 8th November at 10.00 (UK time). In this module we’ll be looking at the ‘classic’ way of representing corpus data, the concordance. We’ve all seen these keywords down the middle of the page with snippets of context on either side, and these can be enlightening or baffling in equal measures depending on the information you are given. We’ll be showing you how you can really take control of that data to show the information you want as well as getting you to read through a key text to link our search skills to what we can do in the classroom.

Welcome to the course!

The tutor team of Anastasios Asimakopoulos and David Read are delighted to welcome you to this online course designed to help teachers use corpus tools more effectively. The course officially begins on Monday 1st November at 10.00 UK time with Unit 1 and you’ll be able to access that from the bottom of this page. If you are here early, remember there are some orientation materials you can work through by scrolling down and clicking on the Unit 0 link at the bottom of the page.