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Unit 4 with a difference...
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Unit 4 with a difference…

Ok, we’re now pushing on into unit 4, released on Monday 14th March 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
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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 7th March 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.

Course forum

Recent forum topics

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CQL – Guide & Tasks – Questions?

Here, you can ask any technical questions you might have about the function we focussed on, Corpus Query Language (CQL) ... Read More
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Share your CQL

Share the structure, the CQL sequence and the link to the results (concordance lines) below. Reflect on the process of ... Read More
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Frequency – Guide & Tasks – Questions?

Here, you can ask any technical questions you might have about the function we focussed on, Frequency. We can clarify ... Read More
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Unit 5: feedback and comments

If you have any feedback or comments at the end of the fourth unit, we’d appreciate them. These can be ... Read More
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Self-discovery: wordlist or n-grams

What did you discover when using the tool? (you can report any findings from your searches) How easy did you ... Read More

Recent forum comments

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Reply To: Reading: Integrating corpora with language teaching

3 things I've learned: 1. It is important that they realize that corpus use in the classroom needn’t involve buying ... Read More
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Reply To: Unit 1: feedback and comments

This is a very interesting begining for such kind of course. The three corpus tools are applicable both  for class ... Read More
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Reply To: Share your CQL

Hi @anastasios Thanks for your feedback. I was on leave and determined not to check emails, so sorry for the ... Read More
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Reply To: Share your CQL

I have thought that I could improve the sequences above. However, I am still not satisfied even with the improved ... Read More
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Reply To: Share your CQL

I have thought that I could improve the sequences above. hear, see, etc + object (pronoun) + -ing form [lemma="see|hear|notice|watch"] ... Read More

Course guides

Online drop-in sessions (optional)

Date Time (UK) Link to Zoom

Tuesday 8th March

13:00-14:00

Thursday 10th March

15:00-16:00

Course units