Natural, relevant, and up to date

Using the Cambridge English Corpus in our products means we teach the language that learners will encounter in their everyday lives – language that’s useful, current and that helps your learners to sound natural when they speak and write.

The language taught in our English Language Teaching materials is guaranteed to be natural, relevant and up to date.

How can we be so sure?
The answer is, by using insights from our data.

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Useful, natural language

We use the corpus to look at how language works – which words go together, which words and phrases we use in certain contexts and to look at how language is changing. Research like this shapes the vocabulary and grammar we present in our learning materials, making them more interesting, helpful and relevant.

Looking at learners

Find out more about how we explore learner language using the Cambridge Learner Corpus in the information below.

You can click to see common errors made by Chinese, Arabic and Spanish speakers!

Learner mistakes

Correct paragraph

No one thinks that learning English is easy. Learning a new language is not an easy task for anyone.

One of the reasons our corpus research is so unique is that we can look at writing from students all around the world – 250 000 of them, in fact! We can carry out research into students from all kinds of backgrounds, and find out how they use English at different stages in their lives.

Our authors use the Cambridge Learner Corpus to carry out research into what learners can do well and what they find more difficult about English. They can then write materials that advise students and teachers on the most troublesome areas, and this makes studying and learning more effective for everyone. Students can practise difficult language so that they become more comfortable with it.

We can also develop materials to target specific types of learners. For example, we can carry out research based on students’ first language or level of English and recommend particular areas to focus on in their studies.

Arabic

No one thinks that learning English is easy. Learning a new language is not easy task for any one.

One of the reasons our corpus research is so unique is that we can look at writing from students all around the world – 250 000 of them, in fact! We can carry out research into students from all kind of backgrounds, and find out how they use English at different stages in their life.

Our authors use the Cambridge Learner Corpus to carry out research into what learners can do well and what they find more difficult about English. They can then write materials that advice students and teachers on the most troublesome areas, and this make studing and learning more effective for every one. Students can practise difficult language so that they become more comfortable with it.

We can also develop materials to target specific types of learners. For example, we can carry out research based on students’ first language or level of English and recommend particular areas to focus on in their studies.

Chinese

No one think that learning English is easy. Learning a new language is not a easy task for anyone.

One of the reasons our corpus research is so unique is that we can look at writing from students all around the world – 250 000 of them, in fact! We can carry out research into students from all kind of backgrounds, and find out how they use English at different stages in their life.

Our authors use the Cambridge Learner Corpus to carry out research into what learners can do well and what they find more difficult about English. They can then write materials that advise students and teachers on the most troublesome areas, and this make studying and learning more effective for everyone. Students can practise difficult language so that they become more comfortable with it.

We also can develop materials to target specific types of learners. For example, we can carry out research based on students’ first language or level of English and recommend particular areas to focus on in their study.

Spanish

No one thinks that learning English is easy. Learning a new language is not an easy task for anyone.

One of the reasons our corpus research is so unique is that we can look at writting from students all around the world – 250 000 of them, in fact! We can carry out research into students from all kind of backgrounds, and find out how they use English at differents stages in their lifes.

Our authors use the Cambridge Learner Corpus to carry out research into what learners can do well and what they find more difficult about English. They can then write materials that advise students and teachers on the most troublesome areas, and this makes studying and learning more effective for everyone. Students can practice difficult language so that they become more confortable with it.

We can also develop materials to target specific types of learners. For example, we can carry out research based on students’ first language or level of English and recomend particular areas to focus on in their studies.

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Constantly evolving

It’s essential that our data is current and relevant. We add to it all the time, refining our insights along the way. We are always working on new research projects, in partnership with universities and institutes worldwide.

Some current research activities include:

  • What are the features of current spoken English? 
  • What language do we use to carry out certain language functions (e.g. giving directions)? 
  • Which features of language typify good exam answers and how does this change across learner level?
We also run projects to collect spoken English. We recently worked with Lancaster University on a project called the Spoken British National Corpus 2014. The last time a study of this scale and type was carried out was in the early 1990s – before tweets, selfies, phablets, and Facebook! Click here to find out more about this research.