Abstract: This presentation explores three practical approaches for using corpora and corpus information to inform language instruction. The approaches range from using existing corpus-informed/based materials and information, to carrying out classroom-based corpus research. Each of the three approaches is described through detailed examples along with the pros and cons of each approach. The three approaches can be used individually, or in combination depending on the instructional goals. The presentation focuses on practical classroom-based applications and on freely available tools and websites and includes many concrete examples.
Bio: Randi Reppen is Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESL at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where she teaches in the MA and Ph.D. programs. She has extensive ELT and teacher training experience, including presentations and workshops in over 25 countries. Randi has a keen interest in using corpus research to inform language teaching and to develop better language teaching materials. She is co-editor with Doug Biber of the Cambridge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (2015), and the lead author of three corpus informed grammar series with Cambridge University Press: Grammar and Beyond (GaB) (2012), Grammar and Beyond second edition with academic writing (2021), and Grammar and Beyond Essentials (2019). In addition, Randi’s research has appeared in academic journals including, the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, the Journal of Second language Writing, the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, and TESOL Quarterly. In her spare time, Randi enjoys many outdoor activities.