Sketch Engine Boot Camp is a 2-day intensive course in using Sketch Engine and its tools to build, search and analyse corpora for the purpose of linguistics, social sciences, lexicography, translation, IT & NLP, language teaching and related disciplines.

By the end of the course, you will become familiar with the interface, learn to build your own corpora, use the Sketch Engine corpora and learn to use the tools and understand the results. Corpus building will cover monolingual, bilingual and learner corpora with the built-in automatic corpus building tool in Sketch Engine.

Each session will finish with practical exercises to promote user independence. Practical examples will draw on real-life scenarios from various research areas.


full 28–29 Nov 2018

full 5–6 Dec 2018

15–16 Jan 2019

new 6–7 Mar 2019

€ 475

Who is it for?

  • for users who never worked with Sketch Engine or any other corpus system
  • for users who are only familiar with a handful of Sketch Engine features and want to master the complete functionality

The focus will be on the corpora, searching and understanding the results, not on the technology, algorithms or programming.

Why should I take part?

You will learn to generate richer and more relevant results faster and to employ a combination of tools to get a deeper insight into the linguistic data. You will also learn to build higher-quality corpora and exploit the prebuilt corpora for both general and specialized tasks.

Will I learn everything?

Sketch Engine Boot Camp will prepare you for a vast majority of uses. Niche topics, however, may be covered in limited details due to the tight schedule.  The focus will stay on making the most of the interface and understanding the results. Technicalities will be limited to the necessary minimum. Statistics and maths formulas used in our algorithms will not be covered in depth. Programmatic use via API will not be covered.

What if I have a very specific use case?

The members of the Sketch Engine team will be available for consultation during coffee breaks, on-site lunch breaks or after the classes. Please note that our resources for individual consultations might be limited. You can book an individual consultation slot on the day after the Boot Camp.


Although the training will be delivered in English and practical tasks will assume the use of an English corpus, the acquired skills are applicable to the analysis of any language Sketch Engine supports.

This course can also be delivered in Spanish upon request.

What is the difference between the Boot Camp and Lexicom?

The Boot Camp focusses on the correct and effective use of the interface and the understanding of the tools and their results. It does not teach any theoretical background of corpus linguistics, lexicography, NLP, text analysis or other disciplines. It is up to the participant to relate the tools to their research subject.

Lexicom is a course in lexicography. It teaches the theoretical background and concepts of lexicography and the use of Sketch Engine for lexicography.


€ 475 (includes VAT)

What is in the fee?
  • 13 hours of tuition on 2 days
  • 12-month access to Sketch Engine**
  • storage space of 5,000,000 words for user corpora**
  • coffee, tea, drinks, light refreshments and lunch on both days
  • printed study materials

**) Sketch Engine access and storage space cannot be awarded to users within ELEXIS-funded access who can request additional storage space from the admins at their institutions.

Not included in the fee
  • accommodation
  • travel expenses and any other costs

Payment options

We accept payments by card online or by bank transfer. An invoice and/or an online payment link will be sent after completing the registration form.

Bring your own device!

This is a BYOD event. You are expected to bring your own laptop. A tablet with a large screen is possible but it is a less preferred option because occasionally some functionality may not be available. WiFi and cable access to the internet will be available. A limited number of laptops can be provided on-site. Please check availability with us before you register.


The event will take place in the building of Faculty of Informatics, 2nd floor, room 211.

(the building of the Faculty of Informatics of the Masaryk University)
Botanická 68a, Brno, Czech Republic, map»

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements.

Travel - airports, coaches and trains


Apart from the Brno airport we recommend Vienna as your next choice because the journey from/to Vienna Airport does not require any changes of coaches or trains.

Any information below is only indicative, check travel and booking portals for departure times and travel times.

Brno (BRQ)

The Brno airport has daily flights from London Stansted (STN) and Munich (MUC). The airport is a 20-min bus ride from the city centre.

Vienna (VIE) 148 km

Vienna is generally more convenient than Prague. Many flights from hundreds of European and world destinations every day.


RegioJet coaches go directly from Vienna Airport to Brno in 2h30min. Tickets can be purchased online.


CAT train connects the airport with Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Main Station) where trains to Brno run every 2 hours.

Prague (PRG) 230 km

Many flights from many European destinations. Take the Airport Express (AE) to Hlavní nádraží (Main railway station) from where trains to Brno run every hour. Allow for 3–4 hours for the journey between the PRG airport and Brno.

Bratislava (BTS) 145 km

Many low-cost flights fly to Bratislava instead of Vienna. Bus No. 61 links the airport with the Main Railway Station (Hlavná stanica) from where trains will take you to Brno in 1h30mins and they run every 2 hours.


The accommodation is not included in the fee. The participants are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.  Here are some recommendations from us.

The Kounicova Hotel

Simple but good value for money accommodation in a hotel run by the university. Walking distance (approx. 5 mins) from the Boot Camp venue. Email is the preferred way to make the booking for foreign language speakers. Payment with cash (CZK) only!



route to Boot Camp venue

Sono Hotel

A new hotel that is also a music club. Walking distance (10 mins) from the Boot Camp venue.

Sono Hotel on


route to Boot Camp venue

Other hotels

Hotels within walking distance from the Boot Camp venue:

Hotel Continental, Kounicova 6, Brno 602 00 – close to the centre, 20min walk or 5 min trolleybus ride to the Boot Camp venue. See the walking route, location, and website.

Hotel Bobycentrum, Sportovní 559/2A, Brno 602 00  – 10 min walk to the venue, see the walking route and location.

Avanti Hotel, Střední 61, Brno 60200 – although the address is a nightmare to pronounce for foreign language speakers, it is a 10 min walk to the venue, see the walking route and location.

The registration is only confirmed after payment. An invoice and/or an online payment link will be issued as soon as possible, in 3 working days at most.

28–29 November 2018

full, registration closed

5–6 December 2018

full, registration closed

15–16 January 2019

max. 12 participants

6–7 March 2019

max. 12 participants


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