Incorporating Corpora (

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Language corpora began to inform the creation of textbooks and reference materials not long after the first electronic corpora became available in the 1960s.  The concept of Data-Driven Learning, the use of corpora in instructed second language acquisition, can be traced to the late 1980s.  Despite fifty years of use and a substantial body of literature showing their efficacy in the classroom, language corpora are far from a common pedagogical tool.  In fact, teachers attempting to move from theory to praxis will find very few pedagogical manuals or user-friendly corpus tutorials, especially for languages other than English.

Incorporating Corpora provides an online manual on the use of corpora to teach German to English-speaking learners.  It includes a brief overview of research in Data-Driven Learning, a guide for using Das Digitale Wörterbuch der Deutschen Sprache , and a selection of corpus-based assignments piloted in KU German courses.  The manual is be the basis for a series of K-16 teacher workshops during which teachers will explore the use of language corpora in language teaching and will be invited to submit their own activities for inclusion in the project.

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Selected Publications

  • Jablonkai, R., Forti, L., Abad Castelló, M., Salengros Iguenane, I., Schaeffer‐Lacroix, E., & Vyatkina, N. (2020). Data‐driven learning for languages other than English: The cases of French, German, Italian, and Spanish [Conference Proceedings]. In K.-M. Frederiksen, S. Larsen, & S. Thouësny (Eds.), CALL for widening participation: Short papers from EUROCALL 2020 (pp. 132–137).
  • Vyatkina, N. (2020). Discovery learning: Teaching languages with corpora [Web Publishing (article, blog, etc.)]. In CALICO Infobytes. Computer-Assisted Language Instruction Consortium.
  • Vyatkina, N. (2020). Corpora as open educational resources for language teaching [Journal Articles]. Foreign Language Annals, 53(2), 359–370.
  • Vyatkina, N. (2020). Corpus-informed pedagogy in a language course: Design, implementation, and evaluation [Book Chapters]. In M. Kruk & M. Peterson (Eds.), New technological applications for foreign and second language learning and teaching (pp. 306–335). IGI Global.

Selected Presentations

  • Oberlin, A., Larson-Guenette, J., Van Orden, S., & Vyatkina, N (11/19/2021-11/21/2021). Corpus-based Approaches to Teaching German and Creating Open Resources. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Online.
  • Vyatkina, N. (8/21/2020). DDL for German: Available resources, learning outcomes, and future directions. EUROCALL Symposium Data-driven learning for languages other than English. Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Vyatkina, N., & Kourehpaz, S. (2/8/2020). DIY resources for learning German: New corpus-based open educational materials. Midwest Association of Language Learning Technology (MWALLT). Lawrence, KS
  • Vyatkina, N. (1/9/2020). Corpora as open educational resources for language teaching. Modern Language Association (MLA). Seattle, WA
  • Vyatkina, N. (3/21/2019). Incorporating corpora into language teaching. International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) webinar series.
  • Vyatkina, N. (11/16/2018). Language corpora for L2 vocabulary learning: Data-driven learning across the curriculum. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). New Orleans, LA
  • Vyatkina, N. (10/5/2018). Corpus-based approaches to instructed second language acquisition. Cognitive Approaches to Language Acquisition. The Pennsylvania State University



Other OLRC Resources

Medianstunde (  Lesson plans, teacher presentations and handouts that guide beginning-level students through explorations of German-language websites. Designed for paired work and recommended for face-to-face instruction, but could be modified for online/distance instruction.

Deutsche Grammarfon (  Introduction to beginning-level German grammar topics through popular music.  Modules includes information about the musical artists,a video presentation of the grammar topic with downloadable pdf, as well as computer-graded actviities and downloadable worksheets.