Google as a corpus with students

Although using Google as a #corpus has limitations I think that with features like customized search, autocomplete and basic search syntax and above all its dominance in #students lives I am more and more inclined to use it in class.

A recent paper called How EFL students can use Google to correct their “untreatable” written errors by Luc Geiller describes the use of a Custom Google Search consisting of 28 news sites with French English learners. (h/t corpuscall @corpuscall)

A custom google search allows one to tailor the search to sites of interest, thus cutting down on irrelevant search results. The paper reports on six types of search the students performed.

Though many students were able to successfully self-correct their errors using Google, some found the process overwhelming, a common issue when using corpus search results.

I was wanting to examine work that has been done in this area of using Google as a corpus and so thought as part of that process it would be useful to compile a list of papers/work that one can read online that look at the teaching aspects of Google as a corpus.

If you know of any others do please add:

How EFL students can use Google to correct their “untreatable” written errors (2014) Luc Geiller

Google Scholar as a linguistic tool: new possibilities in EAP (2012) by Vaclav Brezina

Google Drafting (2012) by Joe Geluso

How Can Search Engines Improve Your Writing? (2011) by Adam Acar, Joe Geluso, Tadaki Shiki

Internet tools for language learning: University students taking control of their writing (2010) by Mark A. Conroy

From Body to Web: An Introduction to the Web as Corpus by Maristella Gatto (2008)
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