Learn to use a corpus interface from the Brigham Young University. You can use either the British National Corpus (BNC) or the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

This section will familiarise you with a language corpus that supports refined search options and provides data that is specific and more reliable.

You can return to this material for tips and advice, when willing to use the corpus as a tool for revising your own piece of text or for exploring the English language.


1. Corpus basics

2. Simple searches

3. Words that fit together: collocations

4. Building your vocabulary: word families

5. The approppriate language: mind the register

Time estimate: 3 hours
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