Using a corpus to profile learner grammar empirically in line with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels

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Anne O’Keeffe

This workshop will describe ongoing research within English Profile which aims to describe empirically the grammar competencies of learners across the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels (A1, A2, B1, etc) using the Cambridge Learner Corpus (CLC). It will take a ‘hands on’ look at student grammar in Cambridge exams, focusing on the patterns of use at different CEFR levels and exploring how learners’ grammatical competence develops as they move up CEFR levels. A useful insight will be how student error is actually a sign of development and part of the process of language learning. It will also look at the crucial link between grammatical competence and vocabulary development. Data in the workshop will be drawn from the CLC contains over 35 million words from Cambridge exam scripts from over 135,000 exam scripts, from 130 different first languages and 190 different countries. Over 21 million words of these data have been error-coded. This makes it a powerful resource not just for publishing but also for insights into learners' grammatical patterns and lexis (both in terms of what they can do and what they can’t do at different levels).

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