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Cambridge English Corpus

Language Research at Cambridge

Cambridge University Press is committed to language research - the investigation of written and spoken English in order to understand more about how we use language. Our research helps to inform and improve our English Language Teaching resources.

All of our authors and editors have access to the language research facilities at Cambridge. Our language research features in most of our materials. In particular, we use it to:

  • ensure that the language taught in our publications is natural, accurate and up-to-date.
  • select the most useful, common words and phrases for a topic or level.
  • focus on certain groups of learners and see what they find easy or hard.
  • analyse spoken language so that we can teach effective speaking and listening strategies.

Cambridge English Corpus

In order to conduct our research, we have collected a multi-billion word collection of written, spoken and learner texts - the Cambridge English Corpus.

The largest of its kind in the world, the Cambridge English Corpus is drawn from a huge range of sources: newspapers, the web, books, magazines, radio, exams, schools, universities, the workplace and everyday conversation.


Cambridge Learner Corpus

The Cambridge English Corpus breaks down into several smaller corpora, which allow us to look at areas of language research more specifically.

This includes the Cambridge Learner Corpus - a unique 50 million word collection of exam scripts written by students taking Cambridge exams all over the world.


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