A corpus and grammatical browsing system for remedial EFL learners
To address the need for corpora and corpus tools accessible to low-proficiency level EFL language students, we have created a free, grammatically-categorized browsing system based on a collection of copyright-free level-appropriate sentences called the Sentence Corpus of Remedial English (SCoRE). Teachers and students can search the database of sentences by grammatical category or target word to see complete example sentences which follow structural and lexical parameters identified as particularly relevant for Japanese EFL students. This database is based on a 30-million-word corpus from English secondary school textbooks used in Asian countries, American reading textbooks, English graded readers, and web-based children’s news articles. This paper describes the creation of the Grammatical Pattern Profiling System (GPPS) browsing program and SCoRE, and discusses pedagogical applications.