Learner Corpus Research and Language Teaching *EDU*

Course Name

Learner Corpus Research and Language Teaching




5/6 EC

Course date

semester 2 (2020 - 2021)

Registration open until

26/10/2020 - 08/01/2021




Dr Sanne van Vuuren (Radboud) en Gea Dreschler (VU)

E-mail Contact

Dr Sanne van Vuuren (Radboud)

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students:

• will have a comprehensive overview of the domain of learner corpus research, its contributions to L2 acquisition research and its applications in language teaching;

• will be able to evaluate corpus design criteria, annotation and analysis and interpret the significance of corpus studies of vocabulary, phraseology, grammar, pragmatics and (dis)fluency for language teaching;

• will be able to conduct and report on their own corpus study, replicating or building on previous research, using appropriate corpus resources and corpus linguistic techniques.

Course content

The overarching question addressed by this course is how corpus research can inform L2 acquisition research and language teaching. It covers the origins and applications of learner corpus research as well as the basics of corpus compilation, annotation and analysis. Each week will be devoted to a detailed study of one major area of LCR research. We analyse and discuss learner corpus data from a number of case studies, and interpret their significance with respect to the seminar topic, ranging from vocabulary and phraseology to grammar and pragmatics.


Lecture, seminar, individual research

Presentation (15-minute presentation of case study ) 20%
Paper (2500-word term paper based on an LCR research project) 80%

Study load
5EC (= 140 hours)
Seminars: 14 hrs
Literature study (approx. 10 pages/hour): 80 hrs
Assignments and presentation: 6 hrs
Term paper: 40 hrs

UvA: Students who need 6 ECTS may elect to do an extra assignment. This must be determined with your lecturer in week 1.

Background Literature and Course Materials

Selected articles

Further information

Course schedule
Fridays 10:30-13:15

5/2/21, 12/2/21, 19/2/21, 5/3/21, 12/3/21, 19/3/21