LINGUIST List 10.447

Fri Mar 26 1999

Calls: Language Teaching, Language Assessment

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  1. Jianhua Li, Language Teaching
  2. Mari Broman Olsen, Lg. Assessment and NLP Eval. Workshop

Message 1: Language Teaching

Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 07:23:56 +0800
From: Jianhua Li <>
Subject: Language Teaching


Fourth International Symposium on Language Teaching
(Theme: Discourse Perspective on Language Teaching, Learning and Use)
October 6-14, 1999
Beijing and Kunming (Yunnan Province)
People's Republic of China

Submit a one-page abstract of a 20-minute paper on any topic in 
language teaching, learning, and testing by April 30 to 

Professor Tang Dexin 
Department of Foreign Languages, 
Beijing University of Aeronautics and 
Beijing 100083 
Telephone: 86-10-82316233 

Ms. Zhu Yandong
Department of Foreign Languages, 
Beijing University of Aeronautics and
Beijing 100083
Telephone: 86-10-82316232

Co-sponsoring Institutions:

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Kunming University of Technology
University of Northern Iowa, USA

This symposium combines scholarly meetings and activities with
sightseeing and cultural experiences in China (including the Chinese
opera, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall in Beijing, and the
World Horticultural Fair in ethno-rich Kunming in Southern China.) A
volume of the Proceedings will again be published, as in 1993, 1995
and 1997. The estimated total cost, including registration fees,
lodging, meals, sightseeing and a copy of the Proceedings volume (but
excluding the flight from Beijing to Kunming ) is US$1,100. The cost
for participants who wish to attend only the Beijing portion or only
the Kunming Portion of the Symposium will be $700. International
travel as well as the Beijing-Kunming flight must be arranged by the
individual participants.

For more information, please use the following fax Number: 
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Message 2: Lg. Assessment and NLP Eval. Workshop

Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 17:11:53 -0500 (EST)
From: Mari Broman Olsen <>
Subject: Lg. Assessment and NLP Eval. Workshop



		 A Symposium jointly sponsored by:
 International Association of Language Learning Technologies 
	 Association for Computational Linguistics

	Tuesday, June 22, 1999 (preceding IALL-99 and ACL-99) 
	 University of Maryland, College Park, MD

The purpose of this meeting will be to strengthen collaboration
between researchers and users of language learning tools. We solicit
abstracts for a range of participation types, including, but not
limited to presentations, proposals, demonstrations, and papers on:

 - language assessment 
 - software for first and second language acquisition
 - general discussions of problems and solutions in evaluating
 systems, software, and people learning language.
 - integrating technology and foreign language pedagogy 
 - user studies
 - the relation between technology and language learning, or 
 linguistic theory and tool-building 
 - discussions of what is feasible and/or desirable in language
 learning technology
 - computer adaptive testing and speech recognition in language 
 assessment and placement
 - software and tool demonstrations 
 - formulation of discussion questions for panels relating to any
 of the above

Submitters are invited to submit at least 2 (and at most 8) pages,
summarizing the proposed contribution. Submit author(s), title,
surface mail, and email addresses on a separate page. On this page,
also indicate any equipment needs beyond an overhead projector and
a Windows computer with projector.

Electronic submissions using the ACL style files are encouraged and
will made be available (for accepted papers) on the web as well as at
the meeting. Following the workshop, participants will be invited to
submit fuller papers for a joint IALL-ACL publication.

The symposium will be organized around the topics outlined in the
call, according to submissions and the general interests of the
participants. We are interested soliciting participation by (inter

	(i) researchers, educators, lab managers, software developers
	 who work directly in the intersection between
 computational theory and language learning,
	(ii) language educators and lab managers interested in what is
	 possible and in process in computational linguistics, 

	(iii) computational linguists interested in languages learning
	 software as an application, 
	(iv) people who assess language acquisition (in people) who
 (would like to) have insight into good techniques that
 have been applied for evaluating computational systems
 and output,

	(v) people who work on metrics for evaluating computational
 systems who might have insight into scoring assessments
	 in language acquisition.

A listserv has been set up to encourage interaction and questions
before the symposium. To be added to the list, send mail to
"" with "subscribe" in the subject line.
Messages may be submitted to everyone on the list by sending mail to

Charlotte Groff Aldridge (University of Maryland Language Center Director)
Susan Armstrong (University of Geneva, ISSCO)
Eduard Hovy (USC, Information Sciences Institute)
Dorry Kenyon (Center for Applied Linguistics)
Philip Resnik (University of Maryland Linguistics & Computer Studies)
Roberta Lavine (University of Maryland, Spanish and Portuguese)
Valerie Malabonga (Center for Applied Linguistics)
Flo Reeder (MITRE Corporation)
Carol Van Ess-Dykema (US Dept. of Defense)

Abstracts/proposals: March 30, 1999
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 1999
Final submissions: May 30, 1999
Final papers for publication: July 30, 1999

Mari Broman Olsen, FAX: (301) 314-9658
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
3141 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
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