Concordancers are very useful for improving learners’ writing skills as well as their reading. Concordance output enables learners to analyse a range of grammatical features. These tools can be valuable for the independent learner but it is essential that the teacher scaffolds the learners until they feel able to work with this tool on their own. Once they have mastered their use they will find it at least as valuable as a dictionary.
In the following pages you can find some activities you might like to try with your learners
You can create your own concordances for your own grammar questions using this Online Concordancer
Tribble: Looking at Citations: Using Corpora in English for Academic Purposes (2001)
Lee & Swales: A corpus-based EAP course for NNS doctoral students: moving from available specialized corpora to self-compiled corpora (2006)