Opportunities for teachers and learners to use corpora, or be informed by their use, are clearly increasing on a daily basis.
Growing number of teachers and students have access to the Internet, itself a huge corpus, and with that comes access to free on-line concordancing, frequency lists etc. Any Internet search will reveal websites devoted to corpus links, conferences, corpus-based materials, small and large scale research, lists of corpus resources and so on.
With increasing computer literacy, people are far more confident about using the kinds of programs that can handle corpus data. However, despite the fact that a Google search for 'corpus' yields 4,500,000 hits, the dictionary definition that can be reached in one click from the results page is 'large collection of writings of a specific kind or on a specific subject'.We hope you would agree that this definition does not encompass what we believe corpora to be.
It is quite likely that the term 'corpus' is not itself particularly appealing. If we say 'authentic language', perhaps this sounds a little friendlier. Regardless of terminology, we believe that corpora can offer teachers and students a great deal, and that more and more will be available as time passes.
You might also like to take a look at our page "Corpus Community Reports" where we post narratives from instructors, who have worked with corpus materials. If you would like to share your project with us for inclusion on that page, please contact Xiaofei Lu or Gabi Appel, the current project directors of the CALPER Corpus Portal.