is a corpus?
A corpus is a collection of texts in electronic form used
for linguistic research. It aids
users in finding words and collocations in context and determine their frequency in the corpus, their original text source and their parts of speech.
is the SEPP Corpus?
The SEPP Corpus is a collection of textbooks and
supplementary texts from İstanbul Şehir University’s English Preparatory
Program and Core Curriculum Program.
is a corpus different from a dictionary?
A dictionary provides the definition (meaning) of a word and
often and example sentence. A corpus shows sentences from real texts
in which the word is used. With the SEPP
corpus you can upload your own text to see the frequency of each word used in
the text and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR
level) of those words.
did SEPP create its own corpus?
The biggest purpose of SEPP Corpus is to help SEPP students both
during their preparatory year and when they start their departments. We have
realized that the readily available corpora on the internet are rather too
loaded and complicated for students who have a limited knowledge of English. This
is why we believed we should build a specifically tailored source for our own
students to refer to. We have also
provided data allowing us to see the frequency of vocabulary words taught
during SEPP compared to the core curriculum classes to see which words need to
be omitted and which should be included in SEPP.
does this benefit students?
Our corpus provides the students with in-text examples from
their own textbooks and enables them to compare and contrast words within SEPP
texts. While in SEPP students will also
be exposed to a higher volume of relevant vocabulary words, which will appear
in their core courses after SEPP.
can teachers use the corpus?
Teachers can use the corpus to find real examples of
sentences when coming up with vocabulary activities. The corpus can be used in class or assigned
as homework in conjunction with vocabulary activities. For example, you may have students use the
corpus to complete a gap-fill worksheet specifically targeting the words ‘make’
and ‘do’ so the students can better understand the difference and see the
different instances when each are used. Teachers
can also upload texts to get an idea whether it is an appropriate level for their
class based on the level of the words used in the text. Moving forward we will work on developing vocabulary
exercises incorporating the SEPP Corpus.
can students utilize the corpus?
The corpus will be more useful for students as they get into
the upper levels and beyond. They can
use the corpus to upload texts to see how many words from each CEFR level are
used in the uploaded text. Students can
check their own essays to see if they are using enough vocabulary from B1-C2
levels as they move into academic writing.
How is a
corpus different from a dictionary?
- A dictionary provides the definition (meaning) of a word
and often an example sentence.
- A corpus shows sentences from real texts in which the word
is used. With the SEPP corpus you can
upload your own text to see the frequency of each word used in the text and the
level of those words.
upload my own texts?
Yes. You can upload a
text of your own to see the word frequency list. You can also compare your text to various
texts from the corpus to gage which level your text is.
texts are included in the corpus?
All books (as of July, 2013) from SEPP as well as the core
curriculum courses students take during their first year after SEPP are
provided. The corpus will be updated
each year so that only relevant course materials are on the SEPP Corpus. You
can see the names of the textbooks used in the options screen of the SEPP
is the plural form of corpus?
I be able to find frequency of usage for words in the texts?
Yes. You can find out the frequency of usage of a word in a
textbook, a level, all of Prep curriculum and both Prep and Core curricula. You
can compare the frequency across books, levels and curricula, too.