The Survey of English Usage carries out research in English Linguistics and was the first centre in Europe to carry out research using text corpora. The Survey is based in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL. More...


English Grammar Day 2016

On the third annual English Grammar Day, Bas Aarts and Ellen Smith-Dennis joined Jonnie Robinson and Charlotte Brewer, author Michael Rosen and teacher Ian Cushing and hundreds more at the British Library, to celebrate English Grammar and to explore its significance today.

Grammar Practice KS2

App for iOS - Android coming soon

Our very latest mobile app, Grammar Practice KS2, is designed for UK primary school students to test themselves in preparation for the Key Stage 2 Grammar Test at the end of Year 6.

Developed as a spin-off of the Englicious project, GP KS2 contains:

  • Extensive practice material — 50 exercises with nearly 3,000 test questions.
  • The complete 'non-statutory' New UK National Curriculum Grammar Glossary as a bonus, plus explanations from the Englicious website.

The test changed this year — our app is up-to-date.

Grammar Practice KS2
Other UCL English Apps

Our website is 'mobile-friendly'. Hand-held users have the option of a new 'mobile reader mode' alongside the standard desktop view.

Release Candidate 2 of ICECUP 3.1.1 now available

The latest version of our state-of-the-art ICECUP software is now available as a beta release for download from our website ahead of the official release in 2016.

The Release Candidate 2 package contains a new software codebase created with Visual Studio, and a new complete help file. Most importantly, the software has been reworked extensively to ensure that it is compatible with 64bit and 32bit versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10.

You can also download a free ICE-GB sample corpus to experiment for yourself.

Watch a 'flash' preview demo of ICECUP
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Summer School
Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics

We are pleased to report that our fourth Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics ran from Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July 2016. We intend to run it again next year.

If you are interested in applying for next year you can email the Survey.

Survey Seminars

The Survey Seminars for the Spring term were Simon Horobin (Oxford) on H.C. Wyld and the historical study of English and Nele Pöldvere (Lund) discussing Complement-Taking Predicate constructions (such as I think, I suppose and I know) in spoken discourse.

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Englicious Schools Website Launched

We are very pleased to announce the official public launch of the Englicious website aimed at improving the teaching of English grammar and literacy in UK schools. Our site uses the latest UK National Curriculum grammar terminology and spans both the primary and secondary sectors.


In the video, school teachers at St Aidan's Primary School, North London, talk about their experience using Englicious in the classroom.

Grammar Teaching KT Project
Teaching English Grammar in Schools

The AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Creating a Web-Based Platform for English Language Teaching and Learning started in 2010. This project involved building a website of interactive structured English language courses with a grammatical focus, initially tailored to the goals of the National Curriculum’s Key Stages 3-5. The resource, now called Englicious, consists of lesson modules dynamically accessing the corpora based at the Survey. The project was subsequently supported by the EPSRC via a UCL BEAMS Enterprise Award in 2012.

The Survey was subsequently awarded Follow-on Funding in 2013 for Impact and Engagement by the AHRC to develop teaching and learning materials for English primary schools. The new content is specifically aimed at pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 in three domains, namely spelling, punctuation and grammar, and forms part of the Englicious website. This short project started on 1 September 2013 and ran for six months.

St Aidan's Primary School NATE

The UCL team worked closely with a number of partners, namely the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE), St Aidan's VC Primary School in north London, and UCL Business PLC (UCL’s Technology Transfer company).

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In Memoriam Geoffrey Leech

16 January 1936 – 19 August 2014

It is with immense sadness that we heard about the death of Geoffrey Leech, a much-loved colleague and friend.


Academic guidance in your pocket!

App for iOS and Android

We are proud to announce the release of Academic Writing in English (AWE), a new app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. AWE is an interactive self-learning course in academic writing that takes you on a journey from critical thinking skills and organising your writing, via questions of English word choice and grammar, to identifying (and addressing) ambiguity in your own writing.

AWE is for undergraduates, postgraduates, professional academics and secondary school students preparing for university – in short, anyone who does academic writing. It is for native and non-native speakers of English.

Verb Phrase book published

The grammar of English is often thought to be stable over time. However a new book, edited by Bas Aarts, Joanne Close, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis, The Verb Phrase in English: investigating recent language change with corpora (Cambridge University Press, 2013) presents a body of research from linguists that shows that using natural language corpora one can find changes within a core element of grammar, the Verb Phrase, over a span of decades rather than centuries.

The book draws from papers first presented at a symposium on the verb phrase organised for the Survey’s 50th anniversary and on research from the Changing English Verb Phrase project.

For more information, table of contents and sample articles see here.

Grammar at your fingertips:

App for iOS and Android

We are proud to announce the release of the iGE App for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. The interactive Grammar of English is a complete course in Modern English Grammar. iGE updates our popular Internet Grammar, and presents it as a mobile application for a phone or tablet.

Click here for more information. The latest iGE 1.1 release is published for Android and the latest Apple devices.

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Parsed Corpora of English

Two major parsed corpora of British English are available to order from the Survey of English Usage.

The Diachronic Corpus of Present-Day Spoken English (DCPSE) consists of 87,000 trees and 800,000 words of spoken English across the decades. Release 2 of the British Component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB) is an upgrade of the popular 1 million-word ICE-GB corpus. Both corpora are released with the new ICECUP 3.1 software.

More information, free sample downloads and order forms are here.

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This page last modified 20 October, 2016 by Survey Web Administrator.