Corpus linguistics and continuous professional development: Participants' prior knowledge, motivations and appraisals

Vander Viana, Lu Lu

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Previous studies on the application of corpus linguistics (CL) to education have primarily examined language-related contexts where students are pursuing a formal degree (e.g. undergraduate and Master’s programs). Little do we know about the informal learning of CL especially by (but not limited to) academics/professionals who are not educated and/or do not work in language-oriented fields. The present study addresses these research gaps by examining the perspective of participants in a non-credit-bearing continuous professional development (CPD) project aimed at academics/professionals in a range of disciplines, who did not need to have any prior knowledge of CL. More specifically, we administered a questionnaire to 28 participants of a UK-based CPD project on CL with a view to researching four main aspects: (i) these participants’ CL background; (ii) their motivations to participate in this type of project; (iii) the advantages and barriers of employing CL in their teaching practice; and (iv) their appraisal of corpus analysis integration in their research practice. The results point out to the role of CPD projects in democratizing access to CL education both to language-oriented and non-language oriented academics/professionals and in potentially raising their interest in CL learning. Lack of knowledge is perceived to be the main barrier in embedding corpus approaches to teaching and research, thus reinforcing the relevance of developing formal and informal CL learning opportunities for academics/professionals in different fields.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Pages (from-to)1485-1527
Number of pages42
JournalRevista de Estudos da Linguagem
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Continuous professional development
  • Educational corpus integration
  • Evaluation of corpus use in professional practices
  • Corpus application to teaching and research
  • Language teacher education
  • Translator education
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Corpus linguistics

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