ELISA

English Language Interview Corpus as a Second-Language Application

The ELISA corpus is being developed at the University of Tuebingen (Dept of Applied English Linguistics, AEL) and the University of Surrey (Dept of Languages and Translation Studies, LTS) as a resource for language learning and teaching, and interpreter training. It contains interviews with native speakers of English. They talk about their professional career (e.g. in tourism, politics, the media or environmental education). We are very grateful to all speakers for their kind contributions. This demo website contains selected materials from the ELISA corpus. ( more information, acknowledgements, availability and copyright).

You can use our Concordancer (written in PERL) on text versions of all corpus files. It can be utilized to extract KWIC concordances with variable context length, sentence concordances and word counts. The documentation may be read here (ascii file).

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Information about ELISA

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AEL, Tuebingen

LTS, Surrey

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The corpus data
ELISA currently contains 28 interviews and has about 60,000 words in total. Click here to get a list of the most frequent words.

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Working as an arts therapist

Judith considers herself a true 'international citizen'. Originally from California (US), she used to work as a documentary film maker in Sweden and now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as an arts therapist and teaches at the University.

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The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Easley is the (former) president of the Chamber of Commerce in Santa Fe (New Mexico, US). He talks about the chamber's mission and gives insights into the economic issues, developments and challenges which keep the Santa Fe region going.

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A local politician from Santa Fe

David Pfeffer is one of eight city councillors of the community of Santa Fe (New Mexico, US). He explains how the city council works and gives some examples of the public and economic issues he deals with.

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The Permaculture Credit Union

Nora and Philip live in New Mexico (US). Many years ago, they founded a very special kind of bank, the Permaculture Credit Union. They talk about the 'perseverance' they needed to set up their business, about their aims and values and the projects they finance and support.

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Working in the IT industry

Rob works in the IT industry in Scotland and is currently creating a chip which generates music for mobile phones. Originally from the South-East of England, he also talks about how the Eurostar changed his life and ponders the differences between England and Scotland.

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A teacher of English with a taste in music

Paul is originally from England but he lives in Edinburgh. In 'real life' he is a translator and English teacher, but he also plays Scottish music in a Ceilidh band. He talks about his jobs, his students, the role of English as a lingua franca and, of course, about the Ceilidh.

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Bishops Wood Centre

Bishopswood Centre is an environmental education centre in the West Midlands (UK). One of the project managers talks about the aims of the centre, the projects it is involved in and the educational programmes it runs.

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Environmental education of children

Sue is a teacher and Forest School leader at Bishopswood Centre (UK). She works with young children. She talks about the children who come to Forest School, how she gets them to enjoy nature, and about the rewards of working with children.

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A tour guide from Ayers Rock

Chris works in Yulara resort in the Northern Territory (Australia). He is a tour guide at Uluru. He talks about his life in Yulara, his daily routines, the people he meets and the people who are the traditional owners of Uluru.

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Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh

Phil lives in Edinburgh, and his true passion is playing the guitar. He makes a living as a guitar teacher, has travelled the world and has been involved in much social work. So, just 'tune in' to Phil's wonderful Scottish accent and listen to his story.

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Horse caravanning in Ireland

Dieter lives in county Wicklow (Ireland) where he rents out horse-drawn caravans to people on holiday. He talks about how his business has grown and how tourism has changed since he started about 30 years ago.

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The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company

Harold is the owner of the 'Broken Saddle' horse-back riding company in New Mexico (US). He tells the story of his company, talks about his clients and ... his horses. Then he lets us join one of his riding lessons.

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Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland

Formerly the home of the Duke of Sutherland, the Culag Hotel in Lochinver is now a family run hotel. The owner, Ken, originally had a career as an engineer, which led him from Edinburgh to Dubai, before finally settling in the beautiful Northwest of Scotland.

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The Humbul Humanities Hub

Victoria works at Oxford University. Using her experience of working as a language teacher and in the publishing industry, she collects and catalogues high-quality web-based resources for teaching and research in the humanities.

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Working on a computing services helpdesk

Linda manages the computer helpdesk at Oxford University. She talks about her experience at an IT lab in Germany and how she applied this in Oxford, and she gives us a glimpse of the changing world of IT and the challenges Oxford IT services are facing.

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Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs

Barbara from Santa Fe (New Mexico, US) uses old Navaho rugs and other materials to turn ordinary denim wear into ethnic-style clothing. She explains how she started her business and what is involved in making and selling these clothes.

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The Mayor of Santa Fe

Larry Delgado is the Mayor of Santa Fe (US). In an interview with a local radio station he talks about public and economic issues the city is facing - from managing Santa Fe's tight water resources to road construction works and the preparations for the Indian Market.

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Oxford University Computing Services

Lou Burnard is the assistant director of OUCS and a corpus linguist of international reputation. He talks about his long-standing interest in humanities computing, the early days of computing, the modern challenges and his vision for research technology support.

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'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham

'Seeing the Light' is a photo agency in Birmingham (UK). Its owner, a photographer, talks about how and why she started her company, about past and current projects, marketing strategies and plans for the future.

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Working as a physicist in the water industry

Anne works for an Edinburgh-based environmental consultancy who collaborates with Scottish Water. She talks about the company's water reservoirs, the water situation in Scotland and her related PhD project at Edinburgh University.

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The life of a travel publicity person

Heather is in the travel business. Originally from America, she now lives in Sydney (Australia). She has worked in publishing and advertising, covering e.g. Bermuda and the Caribbean, South and Central America and the Pacific.

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The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary

The Rainforest Habitat in Port Douglas (Queensland, Australia) is an educational experience. The general manager talks about the wildlife in the rainforest and explains what it takes to run this very special zoo.

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Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest

Archie has been a rancher all his life. Putting the development of his farm into a wider historical context, he talks about how he used to make a living from cattle farming and wonders why things have changed so much over time.

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At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh

The Institute of Governance is part of Edinburgh University and was set up as a 'think tank' for the Scottish Parliament. The institute's secretary talks about current projects and her role in them, and explains the differences between the parliaments in London and Edinburgh.

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Browse interview topics

Topic keyInterview section
01 Our location
Our city from A local politician from Santa Fe
Protecting the local architecture from A local politician from Santa Fe
Location, location, location... from Working in the IT industry
An Englishman in Scotland from Working in the IT industry
An Englishman in Scotland from A teacher of English with a taste in music
Where I am based from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
Where we are based from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
The Assynt area and Scotland's mountains from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
Local traditions from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
The Indian market from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Our location from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Where I am based from The life of a travel publicity person
Local architecture from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
02 What we do
What I do from Working as an arts therapist
My current work from Working as an arts therapist
What we do from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Our aims and offers from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Our responsibilities from A local politician from Santa Fe
How we operate from A local politician from Santa Fe
What we do from The Permaculture Credit Union
What makes us different from our competitors from The Permaculture Credit Union
Our aims and values from The Permaculture Credit Union
What I do now from Working in the IT industry
Working and travelling from Working in the IT industry
What I do from A teacher of English with a taste in music
Playing the Ceilidh from A teacher of English with a taste in music
What we do from Bishops Wood Centre
Our aims and values from Bishops Wood Centre
What I do from Environmental education of children
What I do from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
The company I work for from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
What makes us special from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
Our clients from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
What I do from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
The instruments I play from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
The band I play in from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
What we do from Horse caravanning in Ireland
Our clients from Horse caravanning in Ireland
What makes us special from Horse caravanning in Ireland
What I do from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
The horse breeds I have from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
Our guests from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
What I do from The Humbul Humanities Hub
What I do from Working on a computing services helpdesk
The support services we provide from Working on a computing services helpdesk
What I do from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
The materials I use from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
What's special about my clothing from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
Broomstick skirts from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
What we do at OUCS from Oxford University Computing Services
The technical support we provide from Oxford University Computing Services
My current job from Working as a physicist in the water industry
My current work from The life of a travel publicity person
Pros and cons of my job from The life of a travel publicity person
What we do from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
What makes us special from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
The Institute of Governance from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
My current work from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
What I like most about my job from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
03 Personal history
What I used to do from Working as an arts therapist
Growing up and studying from Working as an arts therapist
Studying in Manchester compared to Edinburgh from Working in the IT industry
My PhD project from Working in the IT industry
What I used to do from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
What I used to do from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
Living and working abroad from The Humbul Humanities Hub
Growing up in a multilingual environment from Working on a computing services helpdesk
What I used to do from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
My previous role from Oxford University Computing Services
My PhD project from Working as a physicist in the water industry
My first job from Working as a physicist in the water industry
Growing up from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
What I used to do from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
04 Getting started
Living and working abroad from Working as an arts therapist
How it all started from The Permaculture Credit Union
How we set up the business from The Permaculture Credit Union
The Language School I work with from A teacher of English with a taste in music
Founding a Ceilidh band from A teacher of English with a taste in music
How we got started from Bishops Wood Centre
What I used to do from Environmental education of children
How I got my current job from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
The people I teach from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
How I got started from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
How we got started from Horse caravanning in Ireland
How I got started from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
How I got started from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
How I got started from The Humbul Humanities Hub
How Computing Services evolved from Working on a computing services helpdesk
Working abroad from Working on a computing services helpdesk
How I got started from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
Turning points in my business from Making clothes out of old Navaho rugs
How I came to work here from Oxford University Computing Services
How we got started from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
How I got started from The life of a travel publicity person
How I got started from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
How I got started from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
05 Project examples
The projects we support from The Permaculture Credit Union
The investments we finance from The Permaculture Credit Union
My translation job from A teacher of English with a taste in music
Co-operating with European partners from Bishops Wood Centre
Corporate training from Bishops Wood Centre
A music therapy project from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
Producing online resources booklets from The Humbul Humanities Hub
The rail yard project from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Road construction works from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Road improvement from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Working towards standardisation from Oxford University Computing Services
Applying for research grants from Oxford University Computing Services
Preparing an exhibition from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Running a festival from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
My current project in the water industry from Working as a physicist in the water industry
Creating a tourist attraction from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
A nature preservation project from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
A sideline story - posing for a picture from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
A think tank for the Scottish Parliament from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
06 Education and training
Teaching at the university from Working as an arts therapist
Seminars for business people from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Working with children from Bishops Wood Centre
Working with children from Environmental education of children
Rewards of working with children from Environmental education of children
Introducing children to the outdoors from Environmental education of children
The social background of our children from Environmental education of children
Teaching music to prisoners from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
How I teach from Music is my life - a guitar teacher from Edinburgh
Resources on the web from The Humbul Humanities Hub
Management training from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Getting a PhD in the UK from Working as a physicist in the water industry
Working with children from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
07 Economic issues
Controlling the growth rate from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Managing natural resources from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Wage policy from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Managing natural resources from A local politician from Santa Fe
Natural resources and innovation from A local politician from Santa Fe
Managing natural resources from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Renovating Santa Fe High School from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Reviewing the public transport system from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Deciding on a new hospital from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Deciding on a new fuelling station from The Mayor of Santa Fe
The water situation in Edinburgh from Working as a physicist in the water industry
Health issues and water treatment from Working as a physicist in the water industry
Structural developments in agriculture from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
England and Scotland - some differences from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
08 Business issues
Writing a business plan from The Permaculture Credit Union
Our legal status from The Permaculture Credit Union
Women in the business from The Permaculture Credit Union
Lochinver and the fishing industry from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
Promoting the business from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Restructuring the business from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
09 Challenges
The current job situation from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Economic problems and perspectives from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Language barriers from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Challenges for our business from The Permaculture Credit Union
The translation market from A teacher of English with a taste in music
Teaching English as an International Language from A teacher of English with a taste in music
My current work from Running a hotel in the far Northwest of Scotland
Computer viruses as a prevailing challenge from Working on a computing services helpdesk
Access-from-anywhere project from Working on a computing services helpdesk
Weather conditions from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Challenges for the local environment from The Mayor of Santa Fe
Changes and challenges in computing support from Oxford University Computing Services
Networks, the internet and new challenges from Oxford University Computing Services
Our vision for the Research Technology Service from Oxford University Computing Services
Making the business work from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Challenges for the future from 'Seeing the Light' - a photo agency in Birmingham
Making my business work from The life of a travel publicity person
Changes in the work field from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
Adjusting to the societal changes from Life on a cattle farm in the American Southwest
10 Job routines
Networking from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Lobbying from The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
Elections and office routines from A local politician from Santa Fe
Office routines from The Permaculture Credit Union
Organising meetings from The Permaculture Credit Union
Daily routines from Bishops Wood Centre
Running a course from Bishops Wood Centre
Organising an excursion from Bishops Wood Centre
Sharing ideas and practice from Bishops Wood Centre
Working on a steering committee from Bishops Wood Centre
Meetings and planning from Bishops Wood Centre
My weekly routines from Environmental education of children
My daily routines from A tour guide from Ayers Rock
Helping our clients from Horse caravanning in Ireland
Daily routines and special jobs from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
A riding lesson - meeting the clients from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
A riding lesson - beginners' mistakes from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
A riding lesson - getting started from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
A riding lesson - up in the saddle from The 'Broken Saddle' Riding Company
Daily routines and beyond from The Humbul Humanities Hub
My daily routines from Working on a computing services helpdesk
My daily routine from The life of a travel publicity person
Providing services from The life of a travel publicity person
Our daily routines from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
Meeting people from The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary
Daily routines from At the Institute of Governance in Edinburgh
11 Future plans
Future plans from Environmental education of children
Computing power for the users from Working on a computing services helpdesk
Access-from-anywhere project from Oxford University Computing Services



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Acknowledgements, availability and copyright

Acknowledgements: The project has been supported by the University of Tuebingen. The video interviews have been carried out and recorded by Sabine Braun, Stefanie Hahn, Petra Hoffstaedter and Kurt Kohn. The speakers have agreed to the use of the materials for non-commercial research and education purposes.

Availability of the ELISA corpus: The ELISA corpus is made available by the Department of Applied English Linguistics at the University of Tuebingen. It is freely available at this website for study, teaching and research purposes, and copies of the transcripts may be distributed, as long as this statement of availability appears in the text. However, if any portion of this material is to be used in educational presentations and publications, permission must be obtained in advance. Commercial use of any form is excluded. For further information about permissions, please contact Dr. Sabine Braun at s.braun(at)surrey.ac.uk.

Copyright of the ELISA corpus: Department of Applied English Linguistics, University of Tuebingen.