The Database of English Learner Texts (DELT) aims to promote research on the learning and use of English. The database is freely available to all members of the research community, provided they adhere to the conditions of use (see below). The database consists of a collection of texts (both written and oral) produced by learners of English. Background information on the texts and authors allows users of DELT to find texts that share certain characteristics, such as language proficiency level, text type/genre, modality etc. The resulting text corpora can then be analysed with tools such as AntWord®, WordSmith®or others.

The majority of participants have German as their dominant language and produced these texts in school or university settings. More detailed information on the texts and participants is provided in each text header.


DELT is a project of the Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT). It has received internal funding from the University of Vienna.
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All can be contacted at celt@univie.ac.at


  • Schiftner, Barbara M. 2017. “An integrative approach to discourse coherence: rhetorical structure and cohesion in university students' English L2 writing”. PhD thesis, Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.


DELT is intended as a growing repository of learner texts. If you wish to take part by contributing texts, please get in touch with us at celt@univie.ac.at


We’re interested to know how you are getting on with using DELT and if you have any feedback for us. If so, please contact us at celt@univie.ac.at