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.

However, a corpus-based language lesson can be a challenge for both teachers and students, if the teachers are not equipped with the knowledge and skills to make use of corpus data and design pedagogically sound corpus-based 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 their expertise in corpus linguistics, conducted various corpus projects to transfer the knowledge on corpus linguistics to school teachers as well as the general public. We developed this website to provide rich information and ample corpus-based 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 corpus-based language pedagogy. On this website, you will find teacher training based on a corpus-driven approach, guidelines for how to design corpus-based language learning & teaching materials, and useful corpus-aided materials. We hope you find our website informative and useful.

Our website features the following information and resources for school teachers:

  • Cover vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and L1-L2 contrast analysis-language contrast

  • Comparison between native and non-native language data

  • Demonstrate how to learn from numerous examples from a database of daily use of authentic language instead of fixed and limited textbook language

  • Inductive learning - encourage learners to “discover” the foreign language and become independent learners

  • Provide principles and guidance for language teachers as to how to implement the corpus-based pedagogy to design classroom teaching materials

  • Offer rich resources to help teachers custom-make their own teaching activities easily and conveniently

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Our Objectives

This website aims to:

Introduce a corpus linguistic approach to both pre- and in-service teachers as a framework for understanding learners' language and as a practical guidance for solving specific teaching difficulties.

Develop the corpus literacy of pre- and in-service teachers by helping them explore new ways of English language teaching and equip them with skills and tools to develop their own corpus-based teaching/learning materials.

Develop a teacher training programme using flipped learning enhanced by mobile technologies to motivate and engage pre- and in-service teachers’ in learning and experimenting with a corpus-based approach to language teaching and learning.

Develop corpus-based teaching & learning materials for pre- and in-service teachers.

Disseminate the knowledge and corpus-based approach to pre- and in-service teachers.

Encourage EdUHK students’ integration into regional education communities by enriching their learning experience outside the Hong Kong context.

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 Corpus

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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