Abstract

We present a modular system for detection and correction of errors made by non-native (English as a Second Language = ESL) writers. We focus on two error types: the incorrect use of determiners and the choice of prepositions. We use a decision-tree approach inspired by contextual spelling systems for detection and correction suggestions, and a large language model trained on the Gigaword corpus to provide additional information to filter out spurious suggestions. We show how this system performs on a corpus of non-native English text and discuss strategies for future enhancements.

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