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Book chapter

THE ROLE AND APPLICATIONS OF EXPERT ERROR ANNOTATION IN A CORPUS OF ENGLISH LEARNER TEXTS

P. 830-840.

The paper presents the rationale for the decisions that were taken in the set-up and further development of a learner corpus of student texts written in English by Russian learners of English, the only Russian learner corpus in the open access. The tool of manual expert annotation is in the focus of the present observations, and after introducing categorization of errors applied in annotation, the complicated cases that arose in annotation practices have been looked into followed by comparison of the annotation statistics over the three stages in the corpus development. For that purpose, texts annotated by different groups of participants in the process of two experiments were used to spot the problematic areas in annotation. The main pedagogical applications of the learner corpus in teaching EFL – the opportunities to create automated training exercises and placement and progress tests custom-made for specific groups of students - are outlined in the concluding part of the paper.