Pedagogic Corpora for Content & Language Integrated Learning

BACKBONE is a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, Key Activity : Languages (duration: 01/2009-02/2011). The project involves eight partners from seven European countries:


BACKBONE developed web-based pedagogic corpora of video-recorded spoken interviews with native speakers of English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Turkish as well as non-native speakers of English as a Lingua Franca.


sInterview topics range from culture and region to education and health, business and technology. Interview transcripts are pedagogically annotated with regard to thematic, grammatical and lexical properties relevant for language learning and teaching.

Pedagogic Enrichment

vresourceTo facilitate pedagogic exploitation in blended learning scenarios, enrichment materials are integrated.



The annotated and enriched corpora are available free of charge and can be accessed in a variety of pedagogically motivated search modes via the BACKBONE online search interface.


searchPedagogic piloting is carried out in blended learning courses in CLIL settings in secondary, higher and vocational education. E-learning activities are based on Moodle.

Corpus Creation Tools

The BACKBONE corpus creation tools support orthographic transcription, collaborative annotation and pedagogic enrichment. The Transcriptor tutorial is here and the Annotator tutorial is here.

Pedagogic enrichment includes ready-made language learning modules created with Telos Language Partner as well as instructions for communicative and exploratory tasks in Moodle.

BACKBONE Transcriptor
BACKBONE Annotator
Telos Language Partner

Coordinator: University of Tübingen, Applied English Linguistics


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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the project partnership, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

BACKBONE builds on concepts and tools available from the pedagogic corpus projects ELISA and SACODEYL. Please have a look:

ELISA corpus website

> SACODEYL project website
> SACODEYL corpus search

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