7th Workshop on NLP4CALL, SLTC 2018
SLTC<http://sltc2018.su.se/>, Stockholm, Sweden, 7 November, 2018
Workshop website: https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/7th-nlp4call Twitter: @NLP4CALL
Call for participation We invite you to participate in the workshop on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning. The program is published on the workshop webpage (see above). To register, please visit the SLTC conference site: http://sltc2018.su.se/.
The workshop series on Natural Language Processing for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of Natural Language Processing and Speech Technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection. The latter includes, among others, insights from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research, on the one hand, and promote the development of “Computational SLA” through setting up Second Language research infrastructure(s), on the other.
The intersection of Natural Language Processing (or Language Technology / Computational Linguistics) and Speech Technology with Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) brings “understanding” of language to CALL tools, thus making CALL intelligent. This fact has given the name for this area of research – Intelligent CALL, ICALL. As the definition suggests, apart from having excellent knowledge of Natural Language Processing and/or Speech Technology, ICALL researchers need good insights into second language acquisition theories and practices, as well as knowledge of second language pedagogy and didactics. This workshop invites therefore a wide range of ICALL-relevant research, including studies where NLP-enriched tools are used for testing SLA and pedagogical theories, and vice versa, where SLA theories, pedagogical practices or empirical data are modeled in ICALL tools.
The NLP4CALL workshop series is aimed at bringing together competencies from these areas for sharing experiences and brainstorming around the future of the field.
We welcomed papers:
- that describe research directly aimed at ICALL;
- that demonstrate actual or discuss the potential use of existing Language and Speech Technologies or resources for language learning;
- that describe the ongoing development of resources and tools with potential usage in ICALL, either directly in interactive applications, or indirectly in materials, application or curriculum development, e.g. learning material generation, assessment of learner texts/responses, individualized learning solutions, provision of feedback;
- that discuss challenges and/or research agenda for ICALL;
- that describe empirical studies on language learner data.
This year, a special focus is given to the established and upcoming infrastructures aimed at SLA and learner corpus research, covering questions such as data collection, legal issues, reliability of annotation, annotation tool development, search environments for SLA-relevant data, etc.
This year, we have the pleasure to welcome two invited speakers: Jill Burstein<https://sites.google.com/site/jbursteinets/> (Educational Testing Service) and Jan Hulstijn<http://www.uva.nl/profiel/h/u/j.h.hulstijn/j.h.hulstijn.html> (University of Amsterdam).
In her talk, Natural Language Processing for Education: Applications for Reading and Writing Proficiency, Jill Burstein will explore automated writing evaluation (or, AWE) systems. She will discuss the history of AWE, the literacy-based motivation and trajectory for AWE-driven technology development, two technology use cases of AWE-based reading (The Language Muse® Activity Palette) and writing applications (The Writing Mentor™), and exploratory research examining relationships between linguistic features in college writing and broader success predictors that can potentially inform continued development of technology that supports literacy.
Jan Hulstijn’s talk will be about Usage-based views on second language acquisition and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR): their potential relevance for the NLP field. In the first part, he will give a brief overview of recent developments in SLA, with a particular focus on the unified conceptualization of representation and processing (referred to together with the term cognition), the notion of graded cognition (as opposed to dichotomous views of cognition), the notion of frequency and recency of linguistic elements in learners’ input (with the aid of corpus linguistics), the removal of traditional barriers between lexis and grammar, and the need to explain individual differences in language knowledge and use. The notions of shared/basic and non-shared/extended language cognition will also be briefly introduced. In the final part of his talk, he will present his views on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), which currently dominates almost all practices in second-language testing in Europe and whose presence has been increasing also in other parts of the world.
Organizers Ildikó Pilán, Elena Volodina, Lars Borin, David Alfter Sprĺkbanken, University of Gothenburg
Ildikó Pilán: ildiko.pilan at svenska.gu.se
For further information, see the workshop website<https://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/icall/7th-nlp4call>.
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