Article published in:Writing Assessment in Higher Education
Edited by Bert Weltens, Jos Hornikx, Wander Lowie, Petra Poelmans and Rebecca L. Present-Thomas
[Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics 2:1] 2013
► pp. 126–132
The Corpus of Academic Learner English (CALE)
A new resource for the assessment of writing proficiency in the academic register
Learner corpora present an option to inform, supplement and advance the way language proficiency is operationalized and assessed, and may also be used in data-driven approaches to the assessment of writing proficiency that are largely independent of human rating. The aim of this contribution is twofold: first, to introduce a new Language-for-Specific-Purposes learner corpus, the Corpus of Academic Learner English (CALE), currently being compiled for the study of academic learner writing; and second, to illustrate how the CALE is useful in a text-centered, corpus-driven approach to the assessment of academic writing to achieve a higher degree of reliability in assessing language proficiency.
Keywords: language assessment, academic writing, English for academic purposes, corpus-driven, criterial features, advanced language proficiency, learner corpus research
Published online: 06 May 2013
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