Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English
Use MICASE Online to look up words and phrases that you have trouble with or don’t understand. MICASE is not a dictionary, and will not give you definitions. Instead, you can see the way a word was used in context by real English speakers. We also have great activities to help you practice listening and understanding academic conversations.
The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) is a collection of nearly 1.8 million words of transcribed speech (almost 200 hours of recordings) from the University of Michigan (U-M) in Ann Arbor, created by researchers and students at the U-M English Language Institute (ELI). MICASE contains data from a wide range of speech events (including lectures, classroom discussions, lab sections, seminars, and advising sessions) and locations across the university.
The recommended MICASE citation is: Simpson, R. C., S. L. Briggs, J. Ovens, and J. M. Swales. (2002) The Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English. Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan.
Use MICASE Online to look up words and phrases that you have trouble with or don’t understand.
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