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This free MOOC Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities. It is an 8-week course and is run by Lancaster University.

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The Use of the Common European Framework of  Reference for Languages to Evaluate Compositions  
in the English Exam Section of the University Admission Examination. In Revista de Educación, 357, enero-abril 2012.

Pérez-Paredes, P., & Díez-Bedmar, B. (2012). The use of intensifying adverbs in learner writing. In Y. Tono, Y. Kawaguchi, & M. Minegishi (Eds.),Developmental and Crosslinguistic Perspectives in Learner Corpus Research. Amsterdam/Philadelphia,: John Benjamins.

According to The Guardian there is evidence that the explicit teaching of grammar rules leads to better learning. Nothing that surprises researchers in Form-focused instruction. The article has been written by Dr Catherine Walter, Lecturer in applied linguistics at the University of Oxford, co-author with Michael Swan of the Oxford English Grammar Course. 

What really interests me is the fact that such specialized topic has been discussed in a newspaper. I must say that we find these days more and more linguistics in everyday media and news, possibly one of the effects of globalization, “viral” language learning and the attention to apllied sciences.