The Varieties of English for Specific Purposes dAtabase (VESPA) learner corpus


The VESPA learner corpus project was initiated in January 2008 by the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics at the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. The aim of the project is to build a large corpus of English for Specific Purposes texts written by L2 writers from various mother tongue backgrounds.

We want to collect L2 texts in a wide range of disciplines (linguistics, business, medicine, law, biology, etc), genres (papers, reports, MA dissertations) and degrees of writer expertise in academic settings (from first-year students to PhD students).

If you are interested in joining this exciting venture and contributing to VESPA, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to give you any additional information you may need and already look forward to collaborating with you on the development of VESPA.


Project director:


Dr. Magali Paquot
Centre for English Corpus Linguistics (CECL)
Collège Erasme
Place Blaise Pascal 1
B - 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


The Louvain VESPA team:


Dr. Sylvie de Cock
Prof. Sylviane Granger
Prof. Fanny Meunier
Larry Valentin