The Varieties of English for Specific Purposes dAtabase (VESPA) 


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 collection of disciplinary writing by L2 English university students across registers and disciplines.

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


We hope to be able to release a first version of VESPA by the end of 2021.

How to cite?

So far, we haven't had a chance to write a full corpus report about VESPA. We are working on it! In the meantime, please refer to: 

  • Paquot, M., Hasselgård, H. & S. Oksefjell Ebeling (2013). Writer/reader visibility in learner writing across genres: A comparison of the French and Norwegian components of the ICLE and VESPA learner corpora. In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (Eds) Twenty Years of Learner Corpus Research: Looking back, Moving ahead. Corpora and Language in Use – Proceedings 1, Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.