On the system design of web-based English writing environment and learner corpus

Chin Hwa Kuo, David Wible, Nai Lung Tsao

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The design and implementation of a novel English writing environment is described. The system integrates modern computer and networking technologies with analytical tools from linguistics and language pedagogy to construct an advanced English writing environment. The system is not only suitable for students in learning English, but also of benefit to teachers in making comments and detecting learners' common difficulties. Furthermore, the collected essays from students and comments from teachers constitute a useful learner corpus. This is also of benefit to researchers in analyzing learners' persistent errors. In order to allow global access from the Internet, the system is web-based. Users, for example, students, teachers, and researchers, may access the system through web browsers. The system was developed in a cooperative effort of Computers And Networking (CAN) laboratory and the Research in English Acquisition and Pedagogy (REAP) Group at Tamkang University. The system has been piloted by six English faculty members at Tamkang University and is currently being used in five high schools in Taiwan. The learner corpus currently consists of over 800,000 word tokens of learners' writing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1066
Number of pages10
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001


  • Computer assisted language learning (CALL)
  • Corpus
  • Interlanguage
  • Internet


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