An introduction of Corpora for ESL learners; A Data Driven Learning about Academic Vocabulary

  • Pawan Asghar Talib Islamic Studies Department - College of Islamic Sciences / Salahaddin University-Erbil
Keywords: Corpora, academic vocabulary, concordance, data based learning


Since 1980s, corpora have been used in learning and teaching second Language. This has started when first corpora is introduced in language learning materials by Tim Johns. However the use of corpora in the early years was restricted until linguistics has introduced the use of corpora in various areas in language learning materials. Additionally, they begin to interest in reaching linguistic, analyse the facilities that corpus offer in language learning and how it can instruct learners.

Furthermore, the importance of technology in advancing corpora is investigated with its direct and indirect influence in the language classroom. Furthermore, the attention has been drawn to the most frequent Academic Word List and its acquisition through the corpus.

Accordingly, the aim of this paper is to indicate how L2 learners can learn academic vocabulary by using corpora and what are these data based activities that can be used to help an L2 learner.

The evidences clearly suggest the corpus has a variety of uses which can facilitate the L2 learners to acquire AWL easily based on these activities without the need of an instructor.


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Talib P. An introduction of Corpora for ESL learners; A Data Driven Learning about Academic Vocabulary. JAHS [Internet]. 20Apr.2020 [cited 25Oct.2020];24(2):243 -253. Available from: