Getting Started

What is Englicious?

Englicious will help students:

Englicious offers teachers:

How can I access Englicious?

How do I find and use Englicious materials?

    The Englicious team:

    Englicious is brought to you by the Survey of English Usage, a world-leading research unit at University College London, independently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities, and is part-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Economic and Physical Sciences Research Council. We also received support from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UCL and from UCL Business PLC.

    The team members are Bas Aarts, Sean Wallis, and Ian Cushing. Former team members are Ellen Smith-Dennis, Dan Clayton, Jill Bowie, and Seth Mehl. Artwork is courtesy of Spike Gerrell, and copyright is held by him.

    What do teachers say about Englicious? Watch this video.

    More videos: Englicious YouTube Channel

    Comments and feedback

    Registered users can leave comments or suggestions on pages, add questions to a forum, or contact us using the form on the website.

    Englicious is a community-driven project. Feedback from teachers is particularly welcome and helps us improve the site.

    Finding and using materials

    Finding materials by level

    Finding materials by topic

    Browsing by content type

    Finding materials by level, topic and type

    Using Classroom Materials

    Getting help

    How to get help

    Englicious contains a lot of information that we hope will be helpful to teachers.

    There are also many additional explanatory pages found under the Content type menu on the left.

    Other resources


    Grammarianism - A Blog for Teachers of English (Bas Aarts)

    Slang Lexicographer - A Blog about Slang (Jonathon Green)

    Separated by a Common Language - Observations on British and American English by an American Linguist in the UK (Lynne Murphy)

    The Language Log - A General Blog about Language (Various authors)

    Language: A Feminist Guide (Deborah Cameron)

    Lingua Franca - Language and Writing in Academe (Various authors)

    Johnson - Language Column at the Economist (Robert Lane Greene)

    EngLangBlog - A Blog for A-Level English Language Students and Teachers (Dan Clayton)

    Teaching resources

    English Language Teaching Resources Archive at Queen Mary, University of London

    A-level English Language Resources at Lancaster University

    Sounds Familiar at the British Library

    Corpus For Learning resources

    About ICEBox

    ICEBoxTraditional grammars have relied on ‘made-up’ examples. Englicious is different.

    Instead of example sentences like

    we have examples like

    Our examples come from natural language corpora. They have been spoken or written by real people. Grammar is the study of the structure of actual English or it is nothing!

    Often examples are selected and presented in real time using our ICEBox database technology. This technology is also part of our ICECUP software supplied to academic linguists.

    You can see this in operation. If you reload this page you will see different examples.

    The advantages are immediately apparent. Most obviously, we can obtain as many ‘real’ examples as we like to aid classroom discussion. Let's look at some examples.

    Dynamic examples

    Note: Codes of the form [S1A-001 #1] specify the text (S1A-001) and sentence unit (#1) in ICE-GB. Spoken texts have codes starting with S, while written texts have codes starting with W.

    We also use examples in some dynamic exercises, so you can also have as many revision exercises as you like.

    Why real language is beneficial for teaching

    Grammatical concepts can seem very abstract. Stereotypical examples of nouns (cat, mat, etc.) are not much help to students when real uses may be ‘messy’ and far from stereotypical, as we have seen.

    This observation informs our approach. We believe it is necessary for students to apply grammatical concepts to real sentences in order to learn them properly. Thankfully, thanks to our corpus resources we have very many real sentences to use.

    Ultimately we want students to be able to apply what they have learned to their own language, not just stereotypical sentences they never say or write!

    Why is real language not always helpful?

    That said, there are many times when simply taking random examples of real language is not ideal for teaching purposes. Examples may be too complex or contain words that are inappropriate, particularly for younger children. And teachers often want to focus on simple structures for sound pedagogical reasons.

    So in fact, Englicious contains a variety of types of example.

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