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:
- Teacher Training Videos by Russel Stannard: (this includes a wide range of video tutorials to introduce you to a wide range of digital tools you can use, e.g. Edmodo, Camtasia, Kahoot)
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.
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