Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsOK, welcome to the corpus MOOC. What can you expect to get from this course? We've structured this course in such a way that you can take from it what you wish. You may want to follow the course from beginning to end, going through each activity and each week, and watching every video. If you do, you have a very rich experience in store. There's a great amount of data on the site for you to learn from. And there are activities and readings to undertake also. Or you may find after the first few weeks that you want to dip in and out to the course. We've structured the course in such a way as to allow that.
Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsIf you have particular interest in particular topics, you may go into more depth in some weeks. In other weeks, you may just watch the introductory lectures. So this is a course, if you like, of layers. Each week you'll discover that there is an introductory lecture given by myself on a topic. Following from that, you'll find more in-depth material available on the site also, further lectures. In addition, we filmed the whole range of in conversation pieces with linguists and non-liguists talking about their use of Corpora. There are also videos on the website showing you how to use certain corpus tools, so that you too can learn how to use Corpora.
Skip to 1 minute and 37 secondsYou'll be able to download a corpus and use a corpus using a programme called AntConc, which we'll be introducing to you. And later in the course, for those of you who don't have access to a PC or a Mac, this is particularly important. We'll be introducing web-based Corpora searching tools to you which you can access via something as simple as a tablet. So this is a course which is immensely flexible. And you should exploit that flexibility when taking the course. Use the course for the purposes that you want to put it to. Also, of course, there is another key resource on the course that you should not overlook-- your fellow students. We set you discussion tasks each week.
Skip to 2 minutes and 23 secondsThere is a forum. And we also have monitors in the forum to facilitate discussion and ensure it goes in the right direction, so to speak. But you will learn a great deal, I think, from participating in conversations with your fellow students and with the mentors. So don't overlook the forum. I think you'll find that very helpful as well. Remember, of course, that when you're in the forum, it's good to keep good etiquette. You'll get more out of people if you engage with them in a positive and constructive manner than you would if you didn't do that. So please do use the forum, and please do use it respectfully. So use that tiered model.
Skip to 3 minutes and 3 secondsUse your fellow students in the course in terms of learning from them and learning with them. And enjoy this MOOC. There is some assessment in here. Each week, we also have a series of what I would call pop quizzes in weeks one, two, three, five, six, and seven. And they are very much designed to test your comprehension of tasks and topics which we've covered in that week. In week four and week eight, we have a more essay-focused assessment. And you'll find out more about that when you get to it. So there's a range of assessment types on the course also. So enjoy the course. As I've said, take from it what you want.
Skip to 3 minutes and 47 secondsAnd also, enjoy working with you fellow student.
Welcome - Tony McEnery
Lead tutor Tony McEnery describes the course structure, types of activities and how to get the most out of studying on this course.
The course is provided as part of the work of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council.
CASS is based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University.
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