Developing Corpus-Based Teaching Material

Course Information
TitleΔημιουργία Διδακτικού Υλικού με Χρήση Σωμάτων Κειμένων / Developing Corpus-Based Teaching Material
CodeΕΚΠ 513
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600004058


Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Glṓssa, Logotechnía kai PSīfiaká Mésa stīn EkpaídeusīElective CoursesWinter/Spring-7.5

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΕΚΠ 593 Research Methods
  • ΕΚΠ 511 Learning and Teaching with Technology
Learning Outcomes
ver the past thirty years, research with corpora has become an amazingly fertile development. Recently, however, we have also welcomed the emergence of computer corpus as a linguistic learning resource. This course has a two-fold aim: (a) to introduce students to the development of computer corpora in linguistics, and (b) to discuss and demonstrate the possibilities that the use of corpora can offer to the language teacher. More particulary, the course will consist of a theoretical and a practical component. Within the theoretical framework we shall explore the following topics: (a) history and development of corpora, (b) types of corpora, (c) possible applications The practical component of the course will discuss the use of corpus data for the development of teaching materials and will provide students with the methodological principles that guide the use of corpora for the teaching of language.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
What is a Corpus: Issues in Corpus Design (a) sampling and representativeness (b) finite size (c) machine readable form (d) standard reference A historical overview: Early corpus linguistics and criticisms What a corpus can do and the rationale for using a corpus (a) frequency (b) phraseology (c) collocation What corpora are used for (a) corpora and linguistic description (b) corpora and language learning (c) approaches to the use of corpora in language pedagogy Types of corpora Equipment and methodology – important key terms Methods in Corpus Linguistics (a) Concordance lines (b) Beyond the concordance lines Applications of corpora (a) dictionaries and grammar (b) study of ideology and culture (c) translation (d) language teaching Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching (a) direct use of corpora in teaching (b) use of corpora indirectly applied to teaching (c) further teaching-oriented corpus development
Corpora, Corpus design, concordancers, collocations, instructional materials design
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Video lectures
  • Multimedia
  • Interactive excersises
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of powerpoint presentations and use of elearning platform where all lectures, material and various activities/tasks are uploaded for students Use of email to communicate with students Use of concordancers (specialised software: monoconc, antconc, collocate, range, etc.) used for the analysis and study of corpora and the design of relevant instructional material.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Reading Assigment64.152.3
Written assigments642.3
Student Assessment
Project: Presentation of your own teaching materials based on corpora (30%) Portfolio with teaching material based on the corpora (70%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Aijmer, K. (2009). Corpora and language teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Aston, G. (2001). Learning with corpora. Houston: Athelstan. Aston, G., S. Bernandini, & D. Steard (eds) (2004). Corpora and language learners. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Boulton, A. (2008). DDL: reaching the parts other teaching can’t reach? In A. Frankenberg-Garcia (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Teaching and Language Corpora Conference. Lisbon, Portugal: Associacao de Estudos e de Investigacao Cientifica do ISLA_Lisboa, pp. 38-44. Burnard, L. & T. McEnery (eds) (2000). Rethinking language pedagogy from a corpus perspective. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. Gabrielatos, C. (2005). Corpora and language teaching: just a fling or wedding bells? Teaching English as a Second Language – Electronic Journal, 8/4, p. 1-35. Granger, S., J. Hung & S. Petch-Tyson (eds) (2002). Computer learner corpora, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Hadley, G. (2002). Sensing the winds of change: an introduction to data-driven learning. RELC Journal, 33/2, 99-124 Krieger, D. (2003). Corpus linguistics: what it is and how it can be applied to teaching. Internet TESL Journal, 9/3. McCarthy, M. (2004). Touchstone: From corpus to coursebook. Cambridge: CUP. McEnery, T., R. Xiao & Y.Tono (eds). (2006) Corpus-based language studies. An advanced resource book. Oxon: Routledge. Nesselhauf, N. (2005). Collocations in a learner corpus. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. O’Keefe, A., M. McCarthy, & R. Carter (2007). From corpus to classroom: Language use and language teaching. Cambridge: CUP. Partingon, A. (1998). Patterns and meanings. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Sinclair, J. McH. (ed). (2004) How to use corpora in language teaching. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. West, M. (1953). A General Service List of English Words. London: Longman. Available at John Bauman’s website:
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