The 1st Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLP-TEA-1)

Country: Japan

City: Nara

Abstr. due: 18.08.2014

Dates: 30.11.14 — 04.12.14

Area Of Sciences: Humanities; Pedagogy;

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Organizers: Nara Institute of Science and Technology, National Taiwan University, National Taiwan Normal University


The aim of this mini-conference-style workshop is to provide a forum where international participants can share knowledge on the computer-assisted language learning. For the past decade, research and development in the NLP (Natural Language Processing) community has advanced NLP techniques for educational applications. For example, the NLP community in north America organizes a series of workshops on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA) to improve existing capabilities and to generate creative ways to use NLP in educational applications for writing, reading, assessment, and so on. The previous BEA workshops were in conjunction with promotive conferences in NLP area (either ACL or NAACL HLT). 


In addition to research papers in the above workshops, several shared tasks were also organized, e.g. “Helping Our Own” (HOO) English grammatical error detection/correction competitions in 2011 and 2012, and Native Language Identification (NLI) competitions in 2013. Independent of the series of BEA workshops, the CoNLL-2013 shared task is on grammatical error correction for learners' English as a Foreign Language (EFL). In addition, there is a SemEval shared task on student’s response analysis. All of these competitions will increase the visibility of educational application research in the NLP community. 

The ICCE 2014 in Japan will provide an ideal opportunity to bring together again influential as well as aspiring researchers in computer education area, to deliberate and interact on a range of research issues. The purpose of this workshop is to identify challenging problems facing the development of computer-assisted techniques for Asian language learning, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings. To better meet this end, we also hold a competitive shared task on Grammatical Error Diagnosis, this year, for Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). 


We encourage submissions of papers on all topics in the general areas related to NLP techniques for educational applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Automated Evaluation for Learners' Responses
    • Spelling Error Check
    • Grammatical Error Detection / Identification / Correction
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Plagiarism Detection
    • Automated Essay Scoring
  • Learner Corpus Development
    • Assessment of Learners' Language Proficiency
    • Annotation Standards / Schemas
    • Error Tagging Editor
    • Corpus Analysis and Evaluation
  • NLP Tools for Language Learning
    • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
    • Sentence Judgement Systems
    • Tools for Language Courseware Development
In addition, we also encourage NLP researchers collaborating with educational researchers to participate in the shared task on Grammatical Error Diagnosis for Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL), where real-world leaners’ data will be provided and a common platform to evaluate the effectiveness of the participants’ techniques and systems will be provided. 
  • Authors of main conference/workshop/WIPP/DSC papers  are required to register in the ICCE.
  • Each registrant may register for up to two papers (regardless of papers submitted to which program component).

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