Language Learning Tasks and Automatic Analysis of Learner Language

Thursday, December 06, 2012 - 10:00 CST
COERLL office, MEZ 2.126

Presenter: Martî Quixal, PhD Student Co-advisors: Dr. Toni Badia (Unversitat Pompeu Fabra)

Prof. Dr. Walt Detmar Meurers (Eberhard-Karls Universitat Tubingen)
This thesis studies the application of Natural Language Processing to Foreign Language Teaching
and Learning, within the research area of Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning
(ICALL). In particular, we investigate the design, the implementation, and the use of ICALL
materials to provide learners of foreign languages, particularly English, with automated feedback.

We argue that the successful integration of ICALL materials demands a design process considering
both pedagogical and computational requirements as equally important. Our investigation pursues
two goals. The first one is to integrate into task design insights from Second Language Acquisition
and Foreign Language Teaching and Learning with insights from computational linguistic modelling.
The second goal is to facilitate the integration of ICALL materials in real-world instruction
settings, as opposed to research or lab-oriented instruction settings, by empowering teachers with
the methodology and the technology to autonomously author such materials...

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