Hello, allow me to briefly introduce myself. I am an academic writing teacher in Japan and have recently discovered Language Tool through a link on Paul Rein's site Apps4EFL. I can hardly express the extent of my enthusiasm for the project - for years I have been dreaming of this kind of tool for my learners and wondering if it existed. Now I know that it does, well at least sort of..
Allow me to explain. I spend my evenings teaching academic writing to Japanese learners of English preparing to take the IELTS test here. I see the same errors day in and day out and I wish I could get them to type up their essays on a modified version of Language Tool before submitting them to me so it could catch a lot of them. The profile of errors that Japanese students make is remarkably predictable (which I attribute to the remarkable similarity of teaching materials that they use - many of which contain fossilized errors of faulty English that are reprinted and become thought to be fact).
What I want to do is create a specialized version of LT for IELTS tasks 1 and 2 for Japanese learners of English. I also want to know if it's possible to create versions of LT that apply only for certain questions that I choose from the IELTS test. If I were to do this then I think I could predict errors based on getting students to actually write and submit the questions and build up a kind of learner corpus of errors for LT to look for.
In order to achieve this do I need to learn to program in Java? Is it possible to make my own mods of LT without programming? Or do these have to be submitted to the new version that is compiled every 3 months?
Thanks in advance.