ALT8108 : An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dawn Knight
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module offers M-Level and IPHD students an opportunity to gain familiarity with corpus-based approaches to analysing, learning and teaching a language. It will provide you with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the key concepts associated with corpus-based research and teaching, focusing especially, but not exclusively, on spoken and multimodal datasets. The module explains how corpus-based approaches are used in research and how they can support teaching and learning, providing students with the key skills needed to use corpora both to research and teach language. Students taking the module will be able to construct their own corpora and use them to gain closer understandings of spoken, written and multimodal datasets.

Outline Of Syllabus

1-       What is a corpus?
2-       Using corpora in teaching materials
3-       Using corpora to research vocabulary
4-       Using corpora to research grammar
5-       Using corpora to teach vocabulary and grammar
6-       Using corpora to teach speaking and listening
7-       Using corpora to teach reading and writing
8-       The future of Corpus Linguistics: Multimodal and Ubiquitous corpora
9-       Building your own corpus
10-       Hands-on-session and tutorials

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1130:00130:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision21:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will use a range of approaches to teaching and learning to include lecture, seminar, practical and tutorial. It is hoped that by using a range of approaches, learners will feel supported in their work and will gain confidence in this area.
Learning is intended to be problem-based and most sessions are organised around specific tasks designed to develop key skills and new understandings. Learners will be involved in a dialogic and engaged methodology, in which they will have many opportunities to contribute to each session.

Learning is assessed in a written paper of 3000 words and a practical assignment involving data analysis using corpus-based approaches. In this way, the module will assess both the theoretical and practical aspect of corpus linguistics. Learners will have an opportunity to demonstrate key skills such as time management, teamwork, oral and written literacy, computer skills and problem-solving skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1004500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment is designed to mirror the approach taken through the module: participants are tested on their ability to investigate in some detail one aspect of their teaching. They must demonstrate that they can identify an issue for investigation, describe (both orally and in writing) their intended approach and consider how their practices might change as a result of the process. The assessment is designed to cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of the module and allow students an opportunity to demonstrate both new knowledge and new skills as applied to their own educational context.

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