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Concordancing in the language classroom has drawn a considerable amount of attention since the 1980s. However, despite the increasing influence of Corpora Linguistics in EFL methodology and textbooks, it has not established itself as common practice in the classroom.
This might have been due to difficulties in having access and dealing with corpora. In the 1990s, a program called “Contexts”, which generated Key Word In Context (KWIC) citations for classroom research and exercise, attempted to make the principles of Data Driven Learning accessible to teachers and students. However, the program was never released commercially.
Nowadays, the Internet has made concordancing accessible to all, from simple KWIC searches using search engines to sites which offer access to large corpora. This paper attempts to bring the idea behind “Contexts” to the Internet age by presenting a Java script which generates KWIC exercises that can be displayed using an Internet browser.