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This project aims to develop a corpus-based online learning system to help English majors at HKIED improve their academic writing by enhancing their ability to better understand the appropriate use of academic lexico-grammatical items. The project involves compiling two distinctive corpora: (1) an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Learner Corpus and (2) an EAP Corpus (collected from professional academic authors). Data are collected respectively from undergraduate studentsˇ¦ English essays at HKIED, published international journal articles (SSCI) concerning language and education and similar articles in Chinese core journals. The two corpora will be analysed both individually and in combination in order to (a) identify studentsˇ¦ recurrent difficulties in using English lexico-grammatical items accurately and appropriately in the EAP Learner Corpus, (b) identify the possible sources of such difficulties by studying the differences and similarities of the relevant lexico-grammatical features in the two corpora , and (c) suggest possible remedies that may serve to reduce or eliminate such problems. The main finished product of this project will be a corpus-based online learning system that can enable students to study academic lexico-grammatical items in the two corpora and practise using such items through exercises designed by the team based on the corpus data collected in this study.