A Method for Correcting Preposition Errors in Learner English with Feedback Messages

Ryo NAGATA  Edward WHITTAKER  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E100-D   No.6   pp.1280-1289
Publication Date: 2017/06/01
Publicized: 2017/03/08
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2016EDP7380
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Educational Technology
Keyword: 
grammatical error correction,  preposition error,  learners of English,  feedback,  case frames,  

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Summary: 
This paper presents a novel framework called error case frames for correcting preposition errors. They are case frames specially designed for describing and correcting preposition errors. Their most distinct advantage is that they can correct errors with feedback messages explaining why the preposition is erroneous. This paper proposes a method for automatically generating them by comparing learner and native corpora. Experiments show (i) automatically generated error case frames achieve a performance comparable to previous methods; (ii) error case frames are intuitively interpretable and manually modifiable to improve them; (iii) feedback messages provided by error case frames are effective in language learning assistance. Considering these advantages and the fact that it has been difficult to provide feedback messages using automatically generated rules, error case frames will likely be one of the major approaches for preposition error correction.