Doctoral project: Corpus-linguistic Methods for Upper-Secondary English Courses

This project developed software intended to aid teachers in their analysis of student texts in English. The intention was for this to support teachers in their planning and in providing feedback on both a group and individual level.

This project was concluded in 2023.

Project information

Doctoral student
Daniel Ihrmark
Jukka Tyrkkö
Assistant supervisor
Marie Källkvist
Participating organizations
Linnaeus University

More about the project

The project started in 2018 and is intended to run until the summer of 2023. The background is mainly found within Educational Linguistics, which is a problem-centered field that aims to generate solutions for the educational context.

The project is a practice-oriented effort that focuses on corrective feedback. The project also touches on the use of computers in language teaching, such as Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and data-driven learning. However, this project differs in its focus on the teacher, as many previous applications have focused on direct interactions with the learners rather than on aiding the teacher in planning and providing feedback.

The intended outcome of the project is the design of a digital tool that is especially geared towards supporting English language teachers within the Swedish context in their ability to gain an overview of their students’ texts and respond through their lesson plans, in addition to providing individual feedback. The response-time, in combination with the teachers’ behavior, has been highlighted as a central component of a beneficial language learning experience by previous research.

The project started by conducting an interview study with in-service teachers of English, which enabled a contextualization of the international research within the Swedish classrooms. The interviews were about teachers’ experiences with, and attitudes towards, digital tools, and were intended to guide the design process. The insights provided by the teachers regarding focal points and routines also guided the selection of analytical resources and visualizations for the tool through participant-driven and user-centered design. In 2021 the project has resulted in a functioning prototype, which will be used for field testing during 2022.

If you are interested in trying the tool out in your teaching practice, do not hesitate to get in touch!

The project is part of the research in the Educational Linguistics research group.