Using Sketch Engine… …what does it mean for students?

Contemporary linguistics solves the difference between what we can say and what we do say. Thanks to corpora, you can find out how it deals with the problem to this difference with help of thousands of native speakers whose language has been stored.

Language learners are experimenting with the target language. Students can learn how words are used in real context. Which variant is more frequently? Corpora offer normal usage of language not examples, however, standard language, academic language but also a language in administrative, etc. Observations in corpora can be used to preparing to write and speak. Start language study with corpora.

Students can use Sketch Engine for following:

  • Learn how to words behave
  • Discovering new collocations and phrases
  • Using corpora as a preparation for writing and speaking
  • Correcting written works by checking used words, phrases and other structures

Then you can answer for example the questions:

  1. Do you say handsome woman in English?
  2. Who or whom?
  3. In Pride and Prejudice, are the Darcies ever reffered to with their first names?
  4. …and another else

You can try:

SkELL (tool for English language learning)

Learner corpora (texts with error structures and their correct variants; see Learner Corpus Functionality)

Varieties of Learner English corpus (different varieties of English)

CHILDES (corpora of child language)

TenTen corpora (the biggest corpora usually more than 1 billion words sourced from the Internet)


THOMAS, James Edward. Discovering English with Sketch Engine (DESkE), 2015.

Adam Kilgarriff, F. Charalabopoulou, M. Gavrilidou, J.B. Johannessen, S. Khalil, S.J. Kokkinakis, R. Lew, S. Sharoff, R. Vadlapudi and E. Volodina. Corpus-based vocabulary lists for language learners for nine languages. In Language Resources and Evaluation, volume 48, issue 1, March 2014, pp. 121–163.