“BACKBONE – Pedagogic Corpora for Content and Language Integrated Learning”  is a European project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP KA2 Languages 2008-2010).

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.

Interview 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.

BACKBONE Pedagogic Corpora
Links to the interview video/sound recordings, complementary websites and ready-made  interview-based learning modules provide further pedagogic enrichment.The pedagogically annotated and enriched corpora are available free of charge and can be accessed in a variety of pedagogically motivated search modes via the BACKBONE Corpus Search interface.

The BACKBONE corpus tools – Transcriptor, Annotator, Virtual Resource Pool, Corpus Management Tool, Corpus Seach – are available under a GNU General Public License  for customized BACKBONE-type corpus creation.

For more information about the BACKBONE corpus tools and the BACKBONE partnership including reponsibilities and credits, please visit the official  BACKBONE website.

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