Workshop on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Full Title: 3rd Workshop on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning
Short Title: 3rd NLP4CALL

Date: 13-Nov-2014 — 13-Nov-2014
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Contact Person: Elena Volodina
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://spraakbanken.gu.se/eng/Research/ICALL/3rdNLP4CALL

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Sep-2014

Meeting Description:

Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL), i.e., the integration of Natural Language Processing (NLP) in language learning applications, is a rapidly developing area which has started to attract increased attention from the NLP community. ICALL research has generated a number of successful applications for alleviating a variety of (mechanical) tasks that teachers face daily in their work, for example grammar or spelling error marking, essay grading, preparation of text questions for reading activities, creating tests and exercises, etc.

However, reusing NLP methods or tools (developed for other than pedagogical purposes) in pedagogical applications is not always pedagogically justifiable since they need to be adapted to the educational tasks, e.g. readability measures for legal texts adapted to the second language learning context. Thus, NLP researchers who intend to re-use their algorithms and techniques in CALL applications need new datasets, specifically designed corpora, databases, etc. to fine-tune their tools for new target groups – the design and compilation of which are both critical for achieving good results and time-consuming.

There are other challenges that the area of NLP-based CALL faces: re-use and sharing of existing NLP components, copyright issues, standardization of pedagogical framework, lack of collaboration with end-users – to name just a few. Probably the most significant challenge is to make sure that the research results reach actual end-users in the form of tools which can become a part of the educational process, and which are both easy of use and have a pedagogically sound basis.

This workshop aims to bring together (computational) linguists involved in research aiming at integrating NLP in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection, with the purpose to share experiences, achievements and setbacks, and to discuss potential ways of addressing the challenges that need to be overcome.

Final Call for Papers:

This year we welcome papers:

— That describe research directly aimed at ICALL
— That demonstrate actual or discuss potential use of existing NLP/ST tools or resources for language learning
— That describe 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.
— That discuss challenges and/or research agendas for ICALL
— We are also interested in software demonstrations

We especially invite submissions describing the above-mentioned themes for the Nordic languages.

Submission Information:

We are using Nodalida 2013 template for the workshop this year. Authors are invited to submit papers between 7 and 14 pages of content, excluding title, abstract, references and author affiliations. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair. Final camera-ready versions of accepted papers will be given an additional page to address reviewer comments.

Papers should describe original unpublished work or work-in-progress. Every paper will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author’s identity, e.g., »We previously showed (Smith, 1991) …», should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as »Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) …». Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison, significance and impact of ideas or results. Accepted papers will be published in a NEALT Proceeding Series and, additionally, made available through ACL anthology.

Please note that NoDaLiDa 2013 format adopts a single-column, smaller page format, optimized for on-screen reading. In terms of actual word counts, the above page numbers correspond to approximately 4-8 pages, in a ‘classic’, two-column conference proceedings layout.

Important Dates:

June 16, 2014: First call for papers
August 8, 2014: EasyChair opens for submissions
August 14, 2014: Second call for papers
September 14, 2014: Final call for papers
September 25, 2014: Paper submission deadline, via EasyChair
October 16, 2014: Notification of acceptance
October 30, 2014: Camera-ready papers for publication. You are also required to submit the NEALT transfer of copyright agreement (signed at least by the corresponding author and scanned) with your final submission
November 13, 2014, 9.00-12.00: Workshop date

Об авторе Лидия Пивоварова

СПбГУ - старший преподаватель, University of Helsinki - PhD student http://philarts.spbu.ru/structure/sub-faculties/itah_phil/teachers/pivovarova
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