Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM293: Corpus Linguistics for TESOL

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • The nature and uses of corpus linguistics

  • Key findings and uses of corpus research

  • The principles and practice of building a corpus

  • The principles of corpus analysis

  • Tools for corpus analysis

  • Using publicly available corpus-based resources

  • Using corpora in teaching

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities168 x 2-hour seminars
Guided independent study24Directed reading: seminar preparation/review
Guided independent study20Directed reading: further exploration of chosen topics
Guided independent study10Formative assignment preparation
Guided independent study80Summative assignment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

A free MOOC on corpus linguistics:

Downloadable corpus analysis tools:

Online corpus interfaces:

 Lists of available corpora:

 Online corpus-based tools and resources: