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Message 1: Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning
Date: 28-Nov-2006
From: Luiz Amaral <amaral.1osu.edu>
Subject: Interfaces of Intelligent Computer-Aided Language Learning


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

Date: 14-Dec-2006 - 17-Dec-2006
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Contact: Detmar Meurers
Contact Email: dmling.ohio-state.edu
Meeting URL: http://purl.org/net/iicall

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Computational Linguistics

Meeting Description:

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

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

http://purl.org/net/iicall

Workshop and Pre-Workshop Courses, December 14-17
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,
background, or ties 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.

Participation in the workshop and the pre-workshop courses is free,
for presenters as well as for non-presenters. If you are planning to
attend the event, please register at

http://purl.org/net/iicall/registration

to help us plan the event. Please direct any questions to:
Luiz Amaral (amaral.1osu.edu), Detmar Meurers (meurers.1osu.edu)

Pre-Workshop Courses: December 14-16

Information on the pre-workshop courses by Kathleen McCoy (U. Delaware),
Eckhard Bick (Southern Denmark U.) and Susan Bull (U. Birmingham) can
be found at
http://purl.org/net/iicall/courses.html

Workshop: December 17

The program of the workshop is available at

http://purl.org/net/iicall/program.html

Opening Remarks

8:45 - The Role of Interfaces in ICALL
Luiz Amaral and Detmar Meurers - The Ohio State University

Session 1 - Content Evaluation and Text Mining in ICALL

9:15 - Authentic, Individualized Practice for English as a Second
Language Vocabulary
Michael Heilman and Maxine Eskenazi - University of Pittsburgh

9:45 - Computation of Grammaticality and Semantic Correctness of
Composition Exercises for Language
Learners
Patrick Suppes, Michael Boettner, and Robert Smith Jr. - Stanford University

10:15 - A Surface-processing Approach to Content Assessment of Reading-
comprehension Exercises
Stacey Bailey - The Ohio State University

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

Session 2 - ICALL and Second Language Acquisition Research

11:15 - Measuring L2 Development in an ICALL Context
Ken Petersen - Georgetown University

11:45 - Learner Variability and Student Modeling
Mathias Schulze - University of Waterloo, Canada

12:15 - Corpus Applications for Awareness-raising Activities in
Telecollaborative Foreign Language
Teaching: the case of German modal particles
Nina Vyatkina - Penn State University

12:45 - 2:00 Lunch

Session 3 - Error Detection in ICALL

2:00 - Detecting Grammatical Errors Using Probabilistic Parsing
Joachim Wagner, Jennifer Foster and Josef van Genabith - National
Center for Language Technology, Dublin City University

2:30 - Exploiting NLP to Derive Learner Error Likelihood Probabilities
Nicolaus Mote and Lewis Johnson - CARTE, Information Sciences
Institute. University of Southern California

3:00 - Head-lexicalized PCFGs for Verb Subcategorization Error
Diagnosis in ICALL
Adriane Boyd and Vanessa Metcalf - The Ohio State University

3:30 - 4:00 Coffee Break

Session 4 - Exercise Generation for Language Awareness

4:00 - Gender and Handedness: NLG and L2 French
Greg Lessard and Michael Levison - Queen's University, Canada

4:30 - Multi-layer Perception System for Automatic Tagging of the Arab Words
Mohsen Maraoui, Georges Antoniadis, and Mounir Zrigui - LIDILEM
Laboratory, Stendhal University (Grenoble - France), and RIADI Laboratory
(Monastir - Tunisia)

5:00 - Exploring Authentic Text in ICALL: The WERTi system
Vanessa Metcalf and Detmar Meurers - The Ohio State University
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