Corpus Course for EAP Teachers

Our Corpus Course for EAP Teachers is a 8-week completely online programme designed to help EAP teachers develop a greater practical understanding of how to use a range of corpus web tools with their students.

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About the Corpus Course for EAP Teachers

Who is it for?

Many EAP teachers recognise the value of using corpus data in the classroom, the idea of accessing accurate information about how language is actually used in academic settings is very attractive. But the digital tools that we use to access them can often be confusing and packed with jargon.

If you’ve ever felt your enthusiasm or interest in corpus data wane when confronted with these tools, this course might be for you.

What will you learn?

Over the ten weeks, you will learn the skills necessary to:

  • Comfortably navigate and search using a range of corpus tools, but with a specific focus on Sketch Engine and the British Academic Written English corpus
  • Generate, understand and extract patterns from concordance lines
  • Create a word’s collocational profile Identify subtle differences in meaning between similar words (theory/concept, cause/affect) that students struggle with Create lists of frequent words and lexical chunks
  • Generate concordance lines that show specific syntactic/grammatical patterns
  • Create engaging corpus-based materials to use with your students in class

To support you throughout the course we will provide you with clear step-by-step guides and you will have the chance to watch several authentic lessons by a teacher using corpus tools and materials in the classroom.

Course dates and tuition fee

The next fully online course dates are to be confirmed. We will update this webpage when the next course dates are available.

The tuition fee for the full course in 2023-24 is £375.

How many hours will I need to study each week?

The course is designed to be deliberately flexible so you can work through it at your own pace and at times during the week when you are free.

We estimate that you will need to spend around 5 to 6 hours each week engaging with the course materials and your fellow participants to get the most out of the course.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to all participants who successfully finish the course.

Please note that this course has a strong practical focus, so it is generally recommended that you take the course if you will actually be teaching students for at least a part of it.

This will make it far more meaningful as you can try out things on a weekly basis and share your experiments with the other people on the course.

Course tutors

David Read is Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the English Language Teaching Centre. He has been working in EFL for over twenty years and has worked in eleven different countries, including Greece, Morocco, Serbia, Korea and Kyrgyzstan.

He is a Cambridge CELTA tutor and a certified Google Teacher and has years of experience running online and blended teaching and training programmes.

How to apply

Applications for the course are currently closed. They will reopen when the next course dates are confirmed.

We will contact you with further instructions on how to enrol for the course within 10 working days of receiving your application.

Scholarship Places

The funds from the paid participants will contribute towards allowing three to five teachers from developing countries to participate on the course.

Scholarship application form

It has really been an excellent journey: well structured and packed with guidance, tools and direction to extra knowledge.

It provides a step by step - you cannot go wrong- system with small chunks of information so that you can absorb, use and then teach the newly acquired knowledge in your classroom. Overall a highly recommended Corpus Course for EAP Teachers.

Olympia Gianneka

EAP Tutor

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