The Use of an Open Access Corpus Web Tool in a DDL Writing Model

Mohamed Negm, Waleed Saad Ali Abumandour

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This study aims at presenting a writing model that incorporates the Data-Driven Learning (DDL) method in classroom teaching suitable for tertiary-level students. The model teaching setting benefits mainly from the preloaded online corpora, freely available at (Baisa & Suchomel, 2014). It supports the English language learners with authentic texts whereby they can adopt reliably in their productive writing. The proposed web tool enables a multi-layer searching feature of which the student, as a researcher, can easily check how a particular word or phrase is used by native speakers of English. The study takes into account Scrivener’s writing framework (2011) pedagogically in developing our DDL-based-writing model. Findings, so far, enhance the learners' phraseological production as the online source provides formulaic expressions (collocations) and semantic relations (synonyms) in real contexts. Results, in addition, promote learner autonomy, besides developing indirectly the digital skills as required in the 21st century. Further, the pedagogical implications of the proposed model would encourage curriculum designers to actively integrate corpora use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-142
JournalCDELT Occasional Papers in the Development of English Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Data Driven Learning
  • Corpus Studies
  • Discovery Learning
  • EAP
  • Learner Autonomy


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