LINGUIST List 30.431

Fri Jan 25 2019

FYI: Building Educational Applications 2019 Shared Task

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 25-Jan-2019
From: Ekaterina Kochmar <>
Subject: Building Educational Applications 2019 Shared Task
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Call for Participation:

Grammatical error correction (GEC) is the task of automatically correcting grammatical errors in text; e.g. [I follows his advices -> I followed his advice]. It can be used to not only help language learners improve their writing skills, but also alert native speakers to accidental mistakes or typos.

GEC gained significant attention in the Helping Our Own (HOO) and CoNLL shared tasks between 2011 and 2014, but has since become more difficult to evaluate given a lack of standardised experimental settings. One of the aims of this shared task is hence to once again provide a platform where different approaches can be trained and tested under the same conditions.

In addition, this shared task introduces the Write & Improve corpus, a new error-annotated dataset that represents a much more diverse cross-section of English language levels and domains ( We will also provide an annotated development and test set extracted from the LOCNESS corpus, a collection of essays written by native English students compiled by the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics at the University of Louvain.


There are 3 tracks in the BEA 2019 shared task. Each track controls the amount of annotated data that can be used in a system. We place no restrictions on the amount of unannotated data that can be used (e.g. for language modelling).

Important Dates:

Jan 25, 2019: New training data released
March 25, 2019: New test data released
March 29, 2019: System output submission deadline
April 12, 2019: System results announced
May 3, 2019: System paper submission deadline
May 17, 2019: Review deadline
May 24, 2019: Notification of acceptance
June 7, 2019: Camera-ready submission deadline
August 2, 2019: BEA-2019 Workshop (Florence, Italy)


Christopher Bryant, University of Cambridge
Mariano Felice, University of Cambridge
Oistein Andersen, University of Cambridge
Ted Briscoe, University of Cambridge


Questions and queries about the shared task can be sent to

Further details can be found at:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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