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Postgraduate Course: Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching (EDUA11296)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is aimed at prospective language teachers and/or researchers who have not worked with corpora (i.e. collections of text representing a language or one of its uses) before. The course will introduce students to corpus linguistics as a means of investigating language use with the help of computer tools, and it will encourage students to explore a range of corpora representing several languages and/or language varieties. The course will focus on how corpora and corpus tools can be used for teaching, learning and research purposes. It will introduce students to the use of, for example, word frequency lists, keyword lists and concordance lines in order to investigate recurrent language patterns - both in terms of form and function. With regard to the pedagogical applicability of corpus linguistics, the course will focus on how teachers and students can use corpora in the language classroom (e.g. the use of corpus findings to inform materials design, the design of data-driven learning tasks).
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2025
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 171 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Your 4000 word assignment will consist of two parts. In part 1 of your assignment, you are required to present and discuss findings obtained from a corpus-based investigation you have carried out (e.g. on a language teaching problem). It can relate to at least one or more of the following areas: speaking, writing, grammar, vocabulary, sociolinguistics, pragmatics (2000 words)

In part 2, using your findings, or based on insights from your findings, you must prepare a lesson which is corpus-based and suitable for a particular cohort of students you have in mind. You will discuss and evaluate your corpus-based activities and provide insights into the choices you have made in their design, as well as the challenges encountered in putting the lesson together. You will be required to refer to literature to support your decisions (2000 words). As part 1 and part 2 are connected, you will be assessed on the overall assignment.

Word count: 4000 words, excluding data and appendices
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

use corpus tools and methodologies to query the corpus and extract and interpret the patterns accordingly

create and evaluate corpus-based materials based on research

evaluate the main theoretical strands which underpin corpus-based research

evaluate the theoretical concepts which have been applied to teaching materials in a language teaching and learning context

apply the main theoretical concepts and principles of corpus linguistics to their research and teaching
Reading List
O'Keeffe, A., McCarthy, M., & Carter, R. (2007). From corpus to classroom: Language use and language teaching. Cambridge.
Scott, M., & Tribble, C. (2006). Textual patterns: Key words and corpus analysis in language education. John Benjamins.
Timmis, I. (2015). Corpus linguistics for ELT: Research and practice. Routledge.
Viana, V. (2023). Teaching English with corpora: A resource book. Routledge.
Viana, V. & O'Boyle, A. (2022). Corpus linguistics for English for academic purposes. Routledge.
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Course organiserDr Vander Viana
Course secretaryMr David Gilbert
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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