Cambridge English Corpus
The language taught in our English language teaching materials is guaranteed to be 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 helps them to sound natural when they speak and write.
We use the Corpus to observe and track how language is changing, to identify specific problems, and to tailor solutions to fit your learners' individual needs - because every learner is different.
What is a corpus?
A corpus is a massive electronic collection of examples of spoken and written English. We use our corpus to answer questions about English vocabulary, grammar and usage – this works in a similar way to how you might look for information using a search engine.
How does a corpus work?
Think of a question you have about how English is used. To find the answer, perhaps you might ask a friend what they think? Perhaps you could ask your whole class, so you'd have a better idea about how representative the answer is? Imagine if you could ask your whole neighbourhood? Imagine if you could ask your whole city or even your country?
This is how corpus linguistics works. Because we gather data from a huge range of speakers and writers of English, we can identify the typical use of words and phrases. These frequent words and patterns are the ones we include in our courses – they're based on evidence drawn from a huge sample of language and not on the values or intuition of one person.
The Cambridge Learner Corpus
In collaboration with Cambridge Assessment English, we collect and analyse learner writing. This unparalleled collection allows us to clearly see how learners from around the world are similar and different in how they acquire and use language. This means that we can provide tailored and comprehensive support to groups of similar learners; for example, those with the same first language or who are at the same level in their learning.
Our Corpus in action
Here are just a couple of examples of how the Cambridge English Corpus improves our content, making it more accurate and up to date.
The Corpus in the World of Better Learning
Our Corpus has had an impact on course materials and content for many years and we've created blog articles that bring that to life in the World of Better Learning. Take a look below at the latest articles from the blog.
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