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Using concordance software to inform classroom practice

General corpora


1- conference is ranked 966, part of speech is a noun, frequencies in 5 registers

2- definitions

3- collocations grouped into adjectives, nouns and verbs, in rank order, i.e. most frequent first

4- visual depiction in the 5 registers

5- sample concordance lines, with colour coded words

6- synonyms grouped into senses

Example exercise A: From the collocates list we can use the following with example speaking questions for learners: international conference - Are there any international conferences you want to go to?

conference committee - Have you been involved in any conference committees?

attend conference - What was the last conference you attended?

Example exercise B: Using one of the following concordances from the magazine register we can ask learners to write a short story:

1. She was a participant on a panel at a conference convened by her worst enemy.

2. He took part in a conference on new directions in the field.

3.The most annoying thing about going to a conference is constantly getting lost at the site.

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Build your own corpus


Anthony, L. (2012). AntConc (Version 3.3.5m beta) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan:

Waseda University. Available from http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/

Automatic collection of texts using TextSTAT or ICEWeb

Building your own corpus – TextSTAT and AntConc: http://eflnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/building-your-own-corpus-textstatantconc/

Building your own corpus – ICEweb: http://eflnotes.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/building-your-own-corpus-iceweb/

You can read my whole series of blog posts about building and analyzing your own corpus from this link: http://eflnotes.wordpress.com/tag/build-your-own-corpus/


A must read rationale and how to for using corpora in the classroom.

Frankenberg-Garcia, A. (2012). Integrating corpora with everyday language teaching.

In: Thomas, J. and Boulton, A. (Eds.) Input, Process and Product: developments in teaching and language corpora. Brno: Masaryk University Press. 33-50. Retrieved from http://www.academia.edu/3368339/Integrating_corpora_with_everyday_language_ teaching

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