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Corpus Course: guided study

Nick Murgatroyd

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the Corpus for Teachers guided study course. This course is designed to allow you to study the content at your own time and your own pace. Before starting the course, we recommend you watch the welcome video and read the FAQs below. Or you can click the button below to take you immediately to the course content. 

What are the goals of this course?

The main goals of the course are:

 

  1. Comfortably navigate and search using a range of corpus tools, but with a specific focus on Sketch Engine and the British Academic Written English corpus
  2. Generate, understand and extract patterns from concordance lines
  3. Create a word’s collocational profile Identify subtle differences in meaning between similar words (theory/concept, cause/affect) that students struggle with
  4. Create lists of frequent words and lexical chunks
  5. Generate concordance lines that show specific syntactic/grammatical patterns
  6. Create engaging corpus-based materials to use with your students in class
Do I have access to all the course content immediately?

Not completely. You will get access to the first four units at the beginning of the course and then access to the next four modules a few weeks later. This is to avoid you rushing too quickly through it at the start. 

How long do I have access to the course?

You will have access to the course until the end of July 2023. Please make sure you have completed all the units by that time. 

How many hours a week will I have to study?

That really depends on you. We estimate that each unit takes around 4-7 hours to complete and there are eight units, so you can organise your time to make sure you complete everything before the end of the course. 

Do I ever need to be online at a specific time?

No. The idea behind the course is that you can work through it at times in the week that are suitable for you, whether that’s early morning, evening or weekends. During course the course we do offer some ‘drop in’ sessions, these are times when one of our tutors is available on Zoom if you have any questions about the course or would like clarification about anything. But you are not obliged to attend these. 

I can't access Google content on the site. What do I do?

We do use some Google for some documents on the course. If you are in a country (e.g. China) where it isn’t possible to open those documents, please make sure you are using your university of Sheffield account details to access them via our University Connect for China service. You can find out more about it on this page of the University of Sheffield website. 

What do I need to do to complete the course?

You need to complete all the units. Also,  at the end of the course there is a short form to fill out asking you to briefly reflect on what you have learnt on the course . If you do these two things, you will finish the course successfully and qualify for a certificate. There is no assessment/pass mark as such as we view this as a formative and developmental course.

Will I get a certificate at the end?

Yes, you will, issued by the ELTC, University of Sheffield. However, there are no credits attached to this course, it’s purely developmental. Please note though that to receive the certificate, you need to complete all the units and the final reflection task.

I'm having technical problems on the site. What do I do?

If you are having any technical issues with the site or working through the course, please contact us on eltc.tel@sheffield.ac.uk and we’ll respond within 24 hours to deal with your problems. 

How do I access the course on my tablet or phone?

You should be able to access the website on either your phone or tablet just by going to the browser on your device and going to the site link. Most of the content should be visible and should fit well onto a mobile device.

How is my data used on this site?

This site stores your name and email address upon registration as well as any comments you make on individual posts or forums. At the end of the course or if you leave the course early, those details will be deleted. The site also stores your comments/forum posts and these will be deleted at the end of the course as well. None of this data is shared with any other individuals outside of the course tutors and will not be unless you give your explicit consent.

These are the guides for the various tools that you are introduced to during the course. 

While this course is largely self-study, we do offer three times during the course when you can join an online room and ask any questions you have to one of the course tutors. These last one hour, but you don't have to stay for that whole time, you can join for just five mins, ask your question and leave if you wish. The meetings will be at the following times and will always take place in the same Zoom room available at this link

Drop-in session 1Friday 31st March at 09:00 (UK time), 16:00 (China time)
Drop-in session 2 Monday 24th April at 09:00 (UK time), 16:00 (China time)
Drop-in session 3Tuesday 23rd May at 09:00 (UK time), 16:00 (China time)

 

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