Using the COCA

I developed this worksheet to be used in a corpus training session in an upper-level undergraduate course on Modern English Grammar. Most of these questions have rather clear answers that all students should obtain if they answer the question successfully. In Leech’s terms, this is a “convergent” corpus activity because the students should “converge” on the same answer. However, other items may produce divergence as students produce different qualitative interpretations of the findings.

Also, while these are developed for what you may consider advanced undergraduates, I believe these activities could be scaled to various audiences. For example, a few of these questions work well with EAP students.

And these questions are designed to be answered by using the COCA at

I’d love to hear your comments.

Here is the handout: COCA Worksheet


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