Using language data to learn about language: A teachers’ guide to classroom corpus use: A new open textbook

Introducing Using Language Data to Learn About Language: A Teachers’ Guide to Classroom Corpus Use, newly published on Open Textbooks @ UQ in February 2023.

About the book 

 A Teachers’ Guide to Classroom Corpus book coverUsing Language Data to Learn About Language: A Teachers’ Guide to Classroom Corpus Use is a teaching guide, containing resources in English, Portuguese and Spanish, for international language classes (Pinto & Spinelli, 2023). The resources can be used in an online or offline classroom environment.

The book aims to introduce both new and experienced language teachers to Data-Driven Learning (DDL) concepts they can include in their lessons.

The book includes: 

  • Lesson ideas
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Videos
  • Interactive H5P activities.

It is being used in a semester 1 course at UQ. 

The book is adapted from Caderno de Atividades de Aprendizagem Movida por Dados and was a collaboration between UQ and São Paulo State University in Brazil.

Read or download Using Language Data to Learn About Language: A Teachers’ Guide to Classroom Corpus.

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Student thoughts:

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Last updated:
28 February 2023