"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
Biannual conference on all aspects of learner corpus research, following the first LCR in Louvain, 2011. Learner corpora are collections of authentic language samples produced by second language learners, often annotated with error marking and personal characteristics of the learner. Research on these corpora is often aimed at studying transfer, cognitive strategies or other aspects of second language learning processes.