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Cambridge English Corpus  

The Cambridge English Corpus contains written and spoken English from books, newspapers, advertising, letters, emails, websites, and recordings of conversations, lectures, TV, meetings, radio and many other sources, totalling several billion words. It continues to grow as new collaborative ventures and joint research projects are initiated. This means that Cambridge University Press remains at the forefront of corpus-based ELT publishing.

The Cambridge English Corpus also includes the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a unique collection of exam scripts written by students taking Cambridge English Language Assessment exams all over the world.

The Cambridge English Corpus is then made up of several specific areas:

  • written English
  • spoken English
  • business English
  • English for specific purposes 
  • academic English
  • learner English

How is the Cambridge English Corpus used? 

Authors, editors and lexicographers use the Cambridge English Corpus when they are working on ELT materials for Cambridge University Press. They can study the Cambridge English Corpus to find examples of how English is used and to check facts about the English language.

Finding authentic, real-life examples, which appeal to students further enables learners to understand English in environments that they will go on to use it in.

Using the corpus enables the writers of Cambridge materials and Cambridge dictionaries to portray the English language more vividly and more accurately than ever before.

Useful downloads

If you want to learn more about our Corpus the downloads below may be of use to you:

> Learning from Common Mistakes booklet
> Speaking extension activities

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