Student-driven research using the Russian National Corpus

The Russian National Corpus can be a wonderful resource for helping students to explore, document, and organize their knowledge of Russian grammar. I propose that the students take a leadership role in this process, with appropriate guidance of course. In this way the students become stakeholders in the learning process and can also learn from each other, rather than merely from their instructors. Here are some more concrete ideas for how to undertake this type of learning. First the students are given a guided tour of the Russian National Corpus. Then they are asked to create a digital log book where they will archive examples they themselves have found of uses of Russian case and aspect, following the presentation of these grammatical phenomena in The Case Book for Russian (Janda & Clancy 2002) and the Aspect in Russian MediaBook ( All examples will be culled by the students from the Russian National Corpus.