Clyde Ancarno

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This post reflects my interest in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and technology-enhanced learning and teaching.

Owing to the relevance of corpora to language teaching and learning, there are many online corpus tools you can use. Here are a couple of resources to get you started:

  • WebCorp: (to explore the web as corpus, it can be useful to explore neologisms)
  • BYU Corpora: The Brigham Young University’s corpora are a wonderful resource too with a wide range of varieties of English represented. For example, it contains the COCA corpus (corpus of Contemporary American English), News on the Web corpus, a corpus of US Supreme Court Opinions and another of American Soap Operas.

For those of you interested in integrating discourse/pragmatics in their teaching, you will find ideas on how to teach speech acts here: http://carla.umn.edu/speechacts/descriptions.html
(click on Research & Programs on the left to see the many other resources relevant to language teachers, e.g. a section on Teaching Languages Online)

My personal favourites if you’re interested in integrating digital tools in your teaching are:

There are also many freely available MOOCS which can help you develop your digital (and other) skills relevant to your teaching practice, e.g.:

  • Lynda:  (free for one month but free with King’s login details – e.g. Photoshop for Teaching and Learning; Teaching with Technology)
  • OpenLearn: (e.g. Teaching Using Digital Video in Secondary Schools)
  • FutureLearn: (e.g. Blended Learning Essentials; The Online Educator; Corpus Linguistics)

I have also been using UEfAP to assist students with their academic writing skills for years (it also covers speaking, listening and reading). It is basic but worth exploring:

And of course you’ll probably find Scott Thornbury’s A-Z of ELT a useful source of information to make sense of the multifarious landscape of ELT.