Teaching and language corpora
Starting with an account of the author’s experience of corpus applications in language teaching from the mid 1970s through to 2014, this chapter traces the transformation of corpus analysis from its origins on mainframe computers in university departments to the present day – where personal computers are used in research, materials development and DDL. Following this retrospective narrative, the results from a series of surveys of classroom applications of corpus analysis are presented. These findings address questions such as: Who is using corpora in language teaching, and in what contexts? What tools and resources are they using? What published resources do teachers find most useful? And what benefits do teachers feel arise from using corpora and corpus tools in language education?