Category Archives: MISC

The bizarre world of instructional LPs

Instructional LPs - Relaxed English

Instructional LPs – Relaxed English – Excerpts on BBC Radio 4

Source: [accessed: 18/07/2015]

Programme description:  «How to make an Archive on 4» available on BBC iPlayer

Ever wondered how to make an Archive on 4? Here’s your chance to find out!

Alan Dein enters the strange world of instructional records where you can teach yourself just about anything – from yodelling to training your budgie to talk.

It all started in 1901 when Polish émigré Jacques Roston harnessed the new technology of sound recording to teach foreign languages, signing up such luminaries as George Bernard Shaw and JRR Tolkien to lend their support.

By the 50s and 60s you could buy LPs on how to do just about anything – from keep fit to playing a musical instrument, relaxation and passing your driving test.

Perhaps the most surprising are those which help you to train your pet budgerigar to talk – with help from Sparkie, Britain’s favourite budgie, who supposedly had a vocabulary of over 500 words.

With help from Sparkie, Alan Dein tells the story of instructional records and, along the way, reveals a few of the secrets of how to make an Archive on 4.

Source: [accessed: 18/07/2015]



A tour of the British Isles in accents

A dialect coach, Andrew Jack, gives a tour of the accents of the British Isles. (Release date: 20/02/2014, remix, using google maps 02/04/2014 by Philip Barker)

Source (audio): [accessed: 21/06/2015]
Source (remix): [accessed: 21/06/2015]

TurnKey virtual appliances

“Turnkey Linux is a virtual appliance library that integrates and polishes the very best open source software into ready to use solutions.”

Excellent base system for CQPweb, ParaVozAntWebCorpusFramework, NoSketchEngine, etc.

Source: [accessed: 03/03/2014]

  • LAMP Stack Virtual Appliance (~220MB, linux base system [Debian7], admin through convenient web-gui, accessible from any (local) machine within minutes)

Welcome to

Dear visitor,

Thanks for stopping by at, a site dedicated to collecting useful resources in the fields of corpus linguistics, e-learning, natural language processing and python programming with a particular focus on applied uses in the foreign language classroom.

I started this website as a by-product and companion to my Lizenziatsarbeit/M.A. Thesis in English Linguistics at the University of Zurich. As I will provide an overview of available tools and also evaluate their usability for practical applications in the EFL classroom, I thought that my progress could be documented online and – at the same time – this collection of resources could prove to be useful to English teachers using corpus linguistic approaches in their classrooms.

Other overviews/directories I found online were either not specific enough, confusing or no longer maintained. The initial entries in my database represent tools that I have been using for years and tools I’ve only just learned about when going through the following three publications:

  • Anthony, Laurence (2013). “A critical look at software tools in corpus linguistics”. Linguistic Research 30 (2): 141–161.
  • Bennett, Gena R. (2010). Using Corpora in the Language Learning Classroom: Corpus Linguistics for Teachers. Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Press.
  • Breyer, Yvonne A. (2011). Corpora in language teaching and learning: Potential, evaluation, challenges. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

A collection of resources can only be kept up-to-date with the help of those who are using it. With that in mind, I attempted to make it as easy as possible for everyone to submit requests, corrections, dead links or reviews of the resources in the database.

I’m looking forward to receiving many contributions from casual and regular visitors to /ˈlæŋgwɪdʒ/.

Markus Killer