Oxford 3000™ Text Checker

Introduction

The Oxford 3000™ text checker allows users to analsyse texts against both the Oxford 3000™, a list of the 3000 most useful words for learners of English to know, and the Academic Word List (AWL). This can all be done using the paste box at the bottom of the page (1). A second box allows users to add words to exclude from their search, e.g. names

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Checking text against the Oxford 3000™

Copy your text into the box (1). Choose Oxford 3000™ from the list of options (2). Click ‘Check text’ (3).

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The results will look something like this (text here and in subsequent images from theguardian.com). The words in red are words which do not feature in the Oxford 3000™ word list. Students can double click on a word (red or otherwise) to look up the meaning.

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At the foot of the text, there will be data on the number of words checked and the percentage that comes from the Oxford 3000™.

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Checking text against the AWL

Copy your text into the box (1). Choose Academic Word List from the list of options (2). Click ‘Check text’ (3).

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The results will look something like this. The words in red are words which are in the AWL. Students can double click on a word (red or otherwise) to look up the meaning.

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At the foot of the text, there will be data on the number of words checked and the percentage that comes from the AWL.

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Academic Word List Highlighter

Introduction

The Academic Word List is based at the University of Nottingham. With its limit of 2400 characters, it doesn’t allow you to analyse the same volume of text as the Oxford text checker, but it does allow you to analyse texts by the sub-lists of the AWL, and also to create gapfill exercises etc for use with students.

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Checking text against the AWL

Paste your text into the box (1) and click ‘Submit’ (2). It will automatically be checked against just the first AWL sublist.

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The results will look like the image below, with words from the AWL highlighted in bold text.

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Checking text against AWL sublists

To check a text against AWL sublists, paste the text into the box (1). Select the sublists you want to include by using the radio buttons at the top (2). Click ‘Submit’ (3). Each sublist includes the sublists prior to it, i.e. choosing 4 searches against sublists 1-4. Therefore, to check a text against the whole of the AWL, click 10.

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Webcorp Wordlist Generator

Introduction

Hosted by Birmingham City University, Webcorp enables users to create a concordance for any word by generating examples from the internet. In addition, it has a useful tool that can generate a wordlist for any text, and a concordance to those words as used in the text. This has obvious value for both teachers and students when they need to identify key lexis in a text.

Creating a wordlist

1 Click Wordlist tool (1). Click ‘Or choose text to analyse (2).

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2 Paste the text into the box (3). Click ‘Submit’ (4). This will generate a wordlist ordered by frequency of word in the text.

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Creating the concordance of a word in the text

1 Click on any of the words in the list. This will generate a concordance for that word within the text.

2 To see the distribution of the word within the text, click ‘Text’. This can be particularly useful for guiding students to seeing how topic-related lexis may occur in the introduction, then cluster in one or two paragraphs in the body before reoccurring in the conclusion.

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Using the wordlist tool to find in-text collocations

The wordlist tool can also be used to create wordlists of pairs of words or strings of up to five words. To do this, paste the text as normal, then click on the arrow next to n-gram and choose the length of word string from the drop-down arrow (1). Click ‘Submit’ (2).

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The list may appear frustrating at first, largely dominated by ‘the+noun’ pairs, but scrolling down can help identify other more interesting collocations that recur in the text.

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Flax

Introduction

The Flax corpus has many useful tools for the teacher and learner, including PhD abstracts that can be analysed for language and an easy-to-use collocation tool.

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Using the Learning Collocations tool

1 Type the word you want to research into the box (1). Click the arrow and select the corpus which you want to research the word (2). Click ‘Go’ (3).

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2 The list of top collocation and word strings will appear, grouped by pattern (e.g. noun + noun) and ranked by the number of occurrences within the corpus. Related words are shown at the top of the screen (1). Clicking on any of these will show results for that word. If there is an arrow at the bottom of the screen (2), click it to reveal more patterns. Use the ‘More’ arrows at the right (3) to see further collocations.

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3 Click on any collocation to see a word list for it in a drop-down box. The numbers refer to how many examples there are in the corpus.

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4 Click on any collocation to see example sentences in a drop-down box. The collocation appears in bold. These sentences can be copied and pasted into word processing documents and adapted for gapfills etc.

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You can change the results to those for a different corpus by clicking and selecting from the dropdown menu at any time. The results will update accordingly.

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