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The <i>Marburg Corpus of Intermediate Learner English</i> (MILE)

Over the last few decades, corpus linguistic research and methodology havehad a huge impact on the foreign language classroom, mainly as reference toolsbut also by introducing new ways of (data-driven) learning into the classroom.A fairly recent trend is the use of corpus-linguistic methods for the study of thedevelopment of learner language, which has led to the compilation of a fairlylarge number of learner corpora. Among other things, this has opened up newavenues for language testing and assessment, e.g. in the context of the CommonEuropean Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). However, althoughlearner corpora seem to lend themselves easily to such purposes, the role theyhave actually played so far is rather minor in comparison to the huge influenceon other aspects of foreign language teaching (at least with regard to Germanlearners of English). The present chapter explores possible reasons and introducesthe Marburg Corpus of Intermediate Learner English (MILE) as a potentialresource for learner language analysis and for corpus-informed, -based and-driven contributions to language testing and assessment.

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