Corpus Linguistics and the Classroom: Avenues for Innovation

  • Iain McGeeEmail author
Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 15)


In this paper, I describe three ways in which corpus linguistics research and findings have influenced my own classroom practice over recent years in the Arabian Peninsula, including Oman, whether this be in general English language classrooms or in linguistics classes. The three general skill areas considered along with the specific corpus-based focus are vocabulary (specifically, synonym differentiation), grammar (a comparison of a function of going to and will) and writing (editing with shell nouns). I suggest that exposing students to corpus-based insights can make language and linguistics study more engaging and that the iconoclastic nature of some corpus-based findings can be a catalyst for significant learning moments in our classrooms.


Corpus linguistics Data-driven learning Semantics Shell nouns Grammar rules 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Majan University CollegeMuscatOman

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