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LINGUIST List 17.3185

Tue Oct 31 2006

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Computational Linguistics/USA

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        1.    Luiz Amaral, Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning


Message 1: Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning
Date: 30-Oct-2006
From: Luiz Amaral <amaralling.ohio-state.edu>
Subject: Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning


Full Title: Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning
Short Title: IICALL 2006

Date: 14-Dec-2006 - 17-Dec-2006
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact Person: Detmar Meurers
Meeting Email: dmling.ohio-state.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2006

Meeting Description:

Workshop on interfaces of ICALL preceded by three pre-workshop courses.

Call For Papers for the Workshop on

Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning
(IICALL 2006)

Department of Linguistics
The Ohio State University

Research in Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning (ICALL) integrates
natural language processing into a computer-aided language learning environment.
For such research to be innovative, successful and sustainable, it arguably
needs to combine linguistic modeling, second language acquisition research
(learner and activity modeling), and pedagogical insights from foreign language
teaching (instruction modeling) with representations and computational
linguistic algorithms capable of integrating the information from these models.

The current state of the art in the various relevant fields seems favorable for
interdisciplinary ICALL research. Complementing the focus on communication and
culture in foreign language teaching since the 60s, second language acquisition
research since the 90s has clearly established that awareness of language
categories, forms and rules...and thus linguistic modeling and the processing
needed to identify those properties...is important for an adult learner to
successfully acquire a foreign language. At the same time, most
research groups currently lack the interdisciplinary orientation or background
needed to develop and combine the linguistic and learner/cognitive modeling
with computational processing, and to develop and test intelligent tutoring
systems as part of real-life language teaching.

The IICALL workshop and the pre-workshop courses are intended to
foster exchange and in-depth discussion of these interfaces of ICALL.

Pre-Workshop Courses:

The courses on Dec 14-16 will be held by three leading researchers in
the area of ICALL and its interfaces:

- Kathleen McCoy (U. Delaware), on NLP and Learner Modeling for ICALL

- Susan Bull (U. Birmingham), on Open Learner Models

- Eckhard Bick (VISL, Southern Denmark U.), on ICALL in support of
Language Awareness

Workshop:

The workshop on Dec 17 will consist of 20+8 minute presentations, selected from
the submitted abstracts.

You are invited to submit one-page abstracts describing research related to
ICALL. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Learner and/or instruction models for ICALL;
- ICALL tools to promote language awareness;
- Activity design for ICALL systems;
- Transferability of SLA research results to an ICALL setting;
- ICALL to collect data for SLA research;
- Evaluation of ICALL tools in foreign language teaching settings;
- Integration of ICALL into foreign language teaching curricula;
- ICALL system architecture;
- Re-use of NLP resources for ICALL;
- NLP techniques for ICALL;
- Feedback generation in ICALL.

Discussions of work in progress are welcome - PhD students and other young
researchers are particularly encouraged to submit their work.

- Format: one page abstract (plus references/figures)

- Submit the abstract in PDF format to both of the organizers:
Luiz Amaral (amaralling.osu.edu)
Detmar Meurers (dmling.osu.edu)

- Deadline for submissions: Monday, November 20
- Notification of acceptance: Friday, November 24
- Workshop takes place on: Sunday, December 17


The event will be held at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Participation in the workshop and the pre-workshop courses is free.

We are grateful to the Ohio State College of Humanities and the Department of
Linguistics for financial support under the Targeted Investment in Excellence
initiative for the Cross-disciplinary study of Language.

Contact Information:

Please direct any questions as well as the abstract submissions to the IICALL
2006 organizers:

Luiz Amaral (amaralling.osu.edu)
Detmar Meurers (dmling.osu.edu)
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