Welcome to the Corpus-aided Platform for Language Teachers (CAP)

This is the home for practical information related to corpus-based teaching and learning. In recent decades, how to help students learn and use real language patterns has posed a big challenge for English teachers. Traditional tools (e.g., textbooks, dictionaries, other published materials, etc.) and teachers’ intuition are unable to fully address this issue. This is an area where corpus linguistics can fill the gap. Using corpus data allows teachers and students to study naturally occurring English language for grammatical patterns, word usage and textual discourse. In addition, corpus-based teaching allows teachers to develop their hands-on activities that cater for students at different levels. Students can also use corpora to explore authentic language data and answer their own queries about the English language, as well as to become more independent language learners.

In fact, a corpus-based language lesson can be a challenge for both teachers and students, if it lacks detailed teaching plan and appropriate corpus-aided teaching and learning materials.

A group of colleagues from the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies (LML) at the Education University of Hong Kong (EDUHK), with expertise in corpus linguistics, conducted a Knowledge Transfer (KT) project to transfer the knowledge on corpus linguistics to the general public. We developed this website to provide rich information and fruitful resources in order to help school language teachers (e.g. primary and secondary) develop a good corpus literacy as well as take full advantage of the new pedagogy. On this website, you will find teacher training based on a corpus-driven approach, guidelines for English language learning, and useful corpus-aided materials. We hope you find our website informative and useful.

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Our Objectives

This Knowledge Transfer Project aims to:

Enable teachers to gain a basic understanding of data-driven learning (DDL) and how to use corpora.

Provide teachers with skills for using corpus tools and hands-on experience so that they can explore corpus data and discover patterns of language use.

Guide teachers at every step of effective corpus-based implementation with constructive suggestions, from making corpus-based materials, conducting corpus-aided interactive activities, to incorporating them into the curriculum.

Equip school teachers with skills and tools for them to develop their own corpus-based teaching and learning materials.

Provide practical corpus-based teaching and learning resources for teachers and train them to apply a corpus-based approach to solve language issues and improve language pedagogies.

Provide English teachers with a high-quality consultation service on how to tackle teaching difficulties.

Workshop Series

Workshop Series - Vocabulary

17-Oct-2017 FUN with Words: Experiencing Corpus-based Vocabulary Teaching and Learning Dr. Ma Qing Angel Abstract Word knowledge and usage are more accessible through corpora than other traditional tools, such as dictionaries...

Workshop Series - English-Chinese Parallel

10-Nov-2017 English-Chinese Parallel Corpus for Language Studies Dr. Wang Lixun In this workshop, an English-Chinese parallel corpus developed at the EdUHK will be introduced to help teachers and students to understand the value of parallel texts in language teaching...

Workshop Series - Pronunciation

24-Nov-2017 Using a Self-developed Learners’ Corpus for English Pronunciation Teaching and Learning Abstract In this workshop, a corpus-based pronunciation learning system will be introduced to help English learners and teachers to (1) identify...

Workshop Series - Grammar

09-Dec-2017 A Data-Driven Approach To Grammar Teaching And Learning Abstract Students have been taught a large number of prescriptive grammar rules in English classes. Examples include “you should use ‘few’ before a plural noun and ‘less’ before a mass noun...

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