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 will provide an online manual on the use of corpora to teach German to English-speaking learners.  It will include a brief overview of research in Data-Driven Learning, guides for using corpora, and a selection of corpus-based assignments to be piloted in KU German courses and revised using emic data (teacher and learner perceptions) gathered after their implementation.  The first iteration of the manual will be the basis for a series of K-16 teacher workshops to be held on the KU Lawrence Campus, at Johnson County Community College, and at Fort Hays State University.  Teachers participating in these workshops will explore the use of language corpora in language teaching and will be invited to submit their own activities for inclusion in the online manual.  


June 2020
"Corpora as open educational resources for language teaching" published in Foreign Language Annals.

April 2020
"Corpus-informed pedagogy in a language course: Design, implementation, and evaluation" published in M. Kruk & M. Peterson (Eds.), New technological applications for foreign and second language learning and teaching. IGI Global.

February 2020
"DIY resources for learning German: New corpus-based open educational materials" presented at the annual conference for the Midwest Association of Language Learning Technology.

January 2020
"Corpora as open educational resources for language teaching" presented at the 2020 convention of the Modern Language Association along with debut of materials at

March 2019
"Incorporating corpora into language teaching" presented for webinar series of the International Association for Language Learning Technology.

November 2018
"Language corpora for L2 vocabulary learning: Data-driven learning across the curriculum" presented at annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.


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.