I have always been fascinated by the power of corpora. From simple compilations of news, articles and interviews to more sophisticated and specific learner corpora, these (mostly open-access) tools are a source of endless research topics. In this post, I would like to share some links to the most interesting language corpora out there. Use them wisely, and remember, sharing is caring!
Oh, the hours we spend designing amazing activities for our language classes! And the countless times we wished we had bookmarked that site that had those podcasts that we needed for our lesson on POR and PARA...
Over the years I have been accumulating the links of those magic websites that save us a few hours every week. These are some of the most treasured amongst my dear dear collection. Enjoy!
1. Todoele.net - As its name indicates, everything ELE (Español Lengua Extranjera). With tons of activities classified by grammatical item, topic and difficulty.
2. TICELE - where the podcast dreams are made of... amazing site with links to the most amazing videos and podcasts out there!
3. marcoELE - created in 2005, marcoELE is both a journal on teaching Spanish as a foreign language and a repository with gazillions of activities ready to use in the classroom.
4. Edinumen - This Spanish editorial added some freebies to their webpage a few year ago.
5. Instituto Cervantes - news, journals, images, activities and so much more. This is the official webpage of one of the most important institutions that regulates the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
6. Bablingua - free resources for teachers.
7. Dialectoteca del español - Do you want to expose your students to different varieties of Spanish? Well, this is the place for you!
8. RedELE - official journal of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education dedicated to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. Nice place to find articles on applied linguistics and some really cool ideas too!
9. JRamonELE - great great blog by a Spanish teacher!
We are always talking about standardizing our research tools by creating a community where experimental tasks and proficiency measures can be shared by all. Unfortunately, it is rarely the case that these great ideas become a reality.
The IRIS repository (sponsored by the University of York and Georgetown University) is one of those cases. Although it has not been updated in a while, one can obtain the stimuli used in different research projects developed by researchers working at those institutions.
Great project that will hopefully spread to other research institutions!
Whether you're interested in assessment, different uses of technology in the classroom or the implementation of different types of instructional techniques, this website will provide a wide array of information and resources that will keep you entertained for hours.
Located under the University of Minnesota's domain, The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA) is one of the U.S. Department of Education's Title VI National Language Resource Centers, whose role is to improve the nation's capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively.
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics heaven.
This webpage will allow you to download the most recent dissertations on second/first language acquisition, language impairment, foreign language teaching and pedagogy, and much much more, that have been defended at different Dutch universities.
A big hooray for free access!
This page has a thorough description of grammatical features that can be used in an introductory course of Linguistics 101.
Good for references and short consultations. The examples are clear and they provide good references.
Grammatical features - website
This is a blog where I will collect all types of resources for linguists and language teachers.