Re: Corpora: corpus linguistics course

From: Tony Berber Sardinha (
Date: Sun Mar 24 2002 - 19:32:58 MET

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    Dear Beatrice

    I've been giving Corpus Linguistics courses here in Brazil to non-native
    speakers of English for three years now, in a postgraduate department of APplied
    Linguistics. Most students are EFL teachers and teacher trainers.

    I stick to Windows - teaching students how to use Linux would just take too

    What I'd recommend in terms of software is WordSmith Tools (about 60 pounds for
    an individual license) and MicroConcord (free). WordSmith is powerful and
    relatively easy to use, although some would object to this and say that it has a
    steep learning curve, which is true only if want to do the most 'advanced'
    stuff, such as key key words, indexing, clumps, etc.

    A tagger such as QTAG or WinBrill is also helpful (both free).

    As far as equipment goes, you might want to get hold of a computer projector for
    your computer room, so that students can follow you as click along in WordSmith
    Tools or any other software. Some students do tend to get lost in the many
    windows that WS Tools opens.

    As far as contents, one of the things that struck me over the years is how hard
    students find to analyze concordances, and so I devote at least 4 3-hour
    sessions to concordance analysis workshops, so that students begin to get a grip
    on how to identify patterns in concordances, represent these patterns
    consistently and evaluate their importance.

    You can see some of my course materials at
    I apologize in advance for bad links on that page since this website is being
    transferred from another location

    Good luck in your course.!

    hope this helps.

    Dr Tony Berber Sardinha
    (Catholic University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
    [New website]

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Beatrice Vautherin" <>
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    Sent: sexta-feira, 15 de março de 2002 13:41
    Subject: Corpora: corpus linguistics course

    > Dear list members,
    > I am seeking advice on the best way to organize a corpus linguistics course
    > in my English department. Starting in february 2003, 2 hours every other
    > week for 12 to 13 weeks (that is our second semester) so about twelve hours
    > altogether. I can have a computer room with 10-12 PCs.
    > I would like to know what corpora and what tools to buy (my BNC-World
    > failed to install and I sent the CDs back). Of course the less money I ask
    > for, the happier my head of department will be. Still I want the students
    > to have hands-on sessions with software that runs smoothly so as not to put
    > them off corpus linguistics for ever. They are second-year students in
    > France (Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle) studying for a degree in English.
    > Thanks for your help. I will post a summary of the numerous replies I receive.
    > Beatrice Vautherin
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