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Title:
Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013; May 22-24; Oslo; Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 17
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Editor(s):
Elena Volodina: University of Gothenburg, Sweden Lars Borin: University of Gothenburg, Sweden Hrafn Lofsson: Reykjavik University; Iceland
Year:
2013
No. of pages:
74
Language:
English
ISBN:
978-91-7519-588-9
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
Issue:
086
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Series:
NEALT Proceedings Series
Issue:
17
Published:
2013-05-17
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet



ICALL – Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning – is an interdisciplinary field whose aim is implementing and deploying applications for language learning based on Language Resources and Natural Language Processing (NLP); thereby opening the way for inclusion of open-ended language analysis and generation functionality in such applications.

Existing NLP tools and resources do not tend to find their way into the language learning classroom; despite their obvious potential uses in language learning. The reasons may be twofold. On the one hand; there is a lack of interested sponsors. On the other hand; there is a general lack of interest in the NLP community in CALL applications. While this situation arguably may have started to change for English; and a small number of other languages in the past ten years; it still holds true for the Nordic languages.

It seems that the few systems that have been developed for ICALL are either copyrighted and restricted by high licensing fees – and hence too expensive for universities and schools – or fall short of the required quality in linguistic or pedagogical functionality.

It is obvious though that ICALL holds a potential for applying NLP tools and NL resources in real-life conditions as opposed to laboratory tests and academic research. ICALL can help popularize NLP tools and NL resources among many users. At the same time; NLP technologies and resources can support teachers; relieving them from tedious tasks that can be modelled and carried out by computers.

This situation calls for a change and the successful first workshop on NLP for CALL (http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/Research/icall/NLP4CALL) organized in connection with the Swedish Language Technology Conference 2012 in Lund; as well as the recent establishment of the Special Interest Group at North European Association of Language Technology; NEALT SIG-ICALL (http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/Research/icall/SIG-ICALL); have shown that there is a need for a forum where these issues can be discussed.

In view of that; we took the initiative to gather interested researchers together and discuss experiences; challenges and successes in the area of ICALL development. In the call for papers we invited submissions on topics such as the following:

  • research directly aimed at ICALL;
  • actual or potential use of existing NLP tools or resources for language learning;
  • 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. collecting and annotating learner corpora; developing tools and algorithms for readability analysis; selecting optimal corpus examples; etc.

We were especially interested in submissions describing work for Nordic languages.

We received a total of 8 papers; that have undergone blind review by three members of the program committee:

  • Toni Badia; UPF; Barcelona
  • Lars Borin; University of Gothenburg
  • Robert Eklund; Linköping University
  • Petter Karlström; Stockholm University
  • Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis; University of Gothenburg
  • Ola Knutsson; Stockholm University
  • Hrafn Loftsson; Reykjavik University
  • Montse Maritxalar; University of the Basque country
  • Detmar Meurers; University of Tübingen
  • Martí Quixal; Universty of Texas at Austin
  • Mathias Schulze; University of Waterloo
  • Joel Tetreault; Nuance Communications
  • Cornelia Tschichold; Swansea University
  • Elena Volodina; University of Gothenburg

Following the reviewers’ recommendations; 5 submissions were accepted for presentation at the workshop and inclusion into the workshop proceedings volume; subject to revisions as recommended by the reviewers.

The workshop was opened by an invited talk on Challenges in ICALL given by Cornelia Tschichold (Swansea University; UK); followed by two sessions with oral presentations where a range of topics have been introduced. A general discussion concluded the workshop.

The workshop organizers:
Elena Volodina
Lars Borin
Hrafn Loftsson

WSwebsite: http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/forskning/ICALL/2ndNLP4CALL

Acknowledgements: Financial support for the organization of the workshop has come in part from the NordPlus Sprog program (the project A System Architecture for Intelligent CALL); and in part from the University of Gothenburg; through its support of the Centre for Language Technology: http://www.clt.gu.se

Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013; May 22-24; Oslo; Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 17

086:001
Lars Ahrenberg, Ljuba Tarvi
Natural Language Processing for the Translation Class
[Abstract and Fulltext]

086:002
Lene Antonsen
Constraints in Free-input Question-Answering Drills
[Abstract and Fulltext]

086:003
Lene Antonsen, Ryan Johnson, Trond Trosterud, Heli Uibo
Generating Modular Grammar Exercises with Finite-State Transducers
[Abstract and Fulltext]

086:004
Susanne Knoop, Sabrina Wilske
WordGap - Automatic Generation of Gap-Filling Vocabulary Exercises for Mobile Learning
[Abstract and Fulltext]

086:005
Elena Volodina, Dijana Pijetlovic, Ildiko Pilán, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis
Towards a gold standard for Swedish CEFR-based ICALL
[Abstract and Fulltext]

Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013; May 22-24; Oslo; Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 17

Author:
Elena Volodina, Lars Borin, Hrafn Lofsson
Title:
Proceedings of the second workshop on NLP for computer-assisted language learning at NODALIDA 2013; May 22-24; Oslo; Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 17
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