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11th NLP4CALL workshop

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, December 9 2022

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Venue

This year's NLP4CALL workshop will be organized in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on December 9, 2022. More information about the venue will follow.

Invited speakers

This year we have the pleasure to welcome two invited speakers:

Christopher Bryant

Christopher Bryant is a Principal Applied Research Scientist at the AI-powered translation and language tool service Reverso, and a Research Associate in the Institute for Automated Language Teaching and Assessment (ALTA) at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include automatic grammatical error detection and correction (GED/GEC), automatic corpus annotation, and the robust evaluation of grammatical error correction systems, along with computer-aided language learning in general. He completed his PhD on “Automatic annotation for grammatical error correction” in 2019 and is the lead developer of the associated ERRor ANnotation Toolkit (ERRANT) which is widely used to benchmark progress in the field. He led the most recent shared task on GEC in 2019 (BEA-2019) and currently researches artificial error generation for GEC and develops the Ginger grammar checker at Reverso.

Title: TBD


Marije Michel

Marije Michel (PhD Applied Linguistics, University of Amsterdam) is chair of Language Learning at Groningen University in the Netherlands. Her research and teaching focus on second language acquisition and processing with specific attention to task-based language pedagogy, digitally-mediated interaction and writing in a second language.

Title: TBD

Description of the workshop

The workshop series on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL) is a meeting place for researchers working on the integration of Natural Language Processing and Speech Technologies in CALL systems and exploring the theoretical and methodological issues arising in this connection. The latter includes, among others, insights from Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research, on the one hand, and promote development of “Computational SLA” through setting up Second Language research infrastructure(s), on the other.

The intersection of Natural Language Processing (or Language Technology / Computational Linguistics) and Speech Technology with Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) brings “understanding” of language to CALL tools, thus making CALL intelligent. This fact has given the name for this area of research – Intelligent CALL, ICALL. As the definition suggests, apart from having excellent knowledge of Natural Language Processing and/or Speech Technology, ICALL researchers need good insights into second language acquisition theories and practices, as well as knowledge of second language pedagogy and didactics. This workshop invites therefore a wide range of ICALL-relevant research, including studies where NLP-enriched tools are used for testing SLA and pedagogical theories, and vice versa, where SLA theories, pedagogical practices or empirical data are modeled in ICALL tools.

The NLP4CALL workshop series is aimed at bringing together competences from these areas for sharing experiences and brainstorming around the future of the field.

We welcome papers:

  • that describe research directly aimed at ICALL;
  • that demonstrate actual or discuss the potential use of existing Language and Speech Technologies or resources for language learning;
  • that describe the ongoing development of resources and tools with potential usage in ICALL, either directly in interactive applications, or indirectly in materials, application or curriculum development, e.g. learning material generation, assessment of learner texts and responses, individualized learning solutions, provision of feedback;
  • that discuss challenges and/or research agenda for ICALL
  • that describe empirical studies on language learner data.

This year a special focus is given to work done on second language vocabulary and grammar profiling, as well as the use of crowdsourcing for creating, collecting and curating data in NLP projects.

We encourage paper presentations and software demonstrations describing the above-mentioned themes primarily, but not exclusively, for the Nordic languages.

Submission information

We will be using the NLP4CALL templates for the workshop this year.

Submissions that do not adhere to the author guidelines will be rejected without review.

Authors are invited to submit long papers (8-12 pages) alternatively short or demo papers (4-7 pages), page count not including references. Please indicate one relevant paper type at submission time. Only pdf files will be accepted. Submissions will be managed through the electronic conference management system EasyChair. Final camera-ready versions of accepted papers will be given an additional page to address reviewer comments.

Make a submission

Papers should describe original unpublished work or work-in-progress. Every paper will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the program committee. As reviewing will be blind, please ensure that papers are anonymous. Self-references that reveal the author's identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...", should be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith, 1991) ...". Submissions will be judged on appropriateness, clarity, originality/innovativeness, correctness/soundness, meaningful comparison, significance and impact of ideas or results.

All accepted papers will be collected into a proceedings volume to be submitted for publication in the NEALT Proceeding Series (Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings) and, additionally, double-published through ACL anthology, following experiences from previous workshops, e.g. the 10th NLP4CALL.

Important dates

17 June 2022 First call for papers
17 August 2022 Second call for papers
9 September 2022 Third call for papers
30 September 2022 Final call for papers
7 October 2022 Paper submission deadline (short, long and demo)
4 November 2022 Notification of acceptance
25 November 2022 Camera-ready papers for publication
9 December 2022 Workshop date

Program committee (preliminary)

  • David Alfter, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium and University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Claudia Borg, University of Malta, Malta
  • António Branco, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Andrew Caines, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Xiaobin Chen, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Kordula de Kuthy, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Piet Desmet, University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Thomas François, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Johannes Graën, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Andrea Horbach, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Arne Jönsson, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Ronja Laarmann-Quante, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Herbert Lange, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Peter Ljunglöf, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and Chalmers Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Margot Mieskes, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany
  • Lionel Nicolas, EURAC research, Italy
  • Ulrike Pado, Hochschule für Technik Stuttgart, Germany
  • Magali Paquot, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Evelina Rennes, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Egon Stemle, EURAC research, Italy
  • Francis M. Tyers, Indiana University Bloomington, US
  • Sowmya Vajjala, National Research Council, Canada
  • Elena Volodina, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Zarah Weiss, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Torsten Zesch, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • Ramon Ziai, Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • Robert Östling, Stockholm University, Sweden

Workshop organizers

  • David Alfter, CENTAL, Institute for Language and Communication, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and Språkbanken Text, Department of Swedish, multilingualism, language technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; david dot alfter at uclouvain dot be (Organizing chair)
  • Elena Volodina, Språkbanken Text, Department of Swedish, multilingualism, language technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; elena dot volodina at svenska dot gu dot se
  • Thomas François, CENTAL, Institute for Language and Communication, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Piet Desmet, Itec, Department of Linguistics at KU Leuven & imec, Belgium
  • Frederik Cornillie, Itec, Department of Linguistics at KU Leuven & imec, Belgium
  • Arne Jönsson, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Evelina Rennes, Department of Computer and Information Science, Linköping University, Sweden

This year's workshop is jointly financed by itec and the CENTAL. The workshop series has been previously financed by the Centre for Language Technology (University of Gothenburg), the SweLL project (University of Gothenburg) and the Swedish Research Council's conference grant. The workshop has also received funding from Språkbanken-Text and the L2 profiling project.

For the past ten years we successfully co-located the NLP4CALL with the two major Language Technology events in Scandinavia, SLTC and NoDaLiDa, thus making this workshop an annual event. We intend to continue this tradition. Through this workshop, we intend to profile ICALL research in Nordic countries and to provide a dissemination venue for researchers active in this area.

ICALL-relevant mailing lists

There is one mailing list that spreads ICALL-relevant information run by BEA-workshop organizers (bea.nlp.workshop@gmail.com). We encourage you to join them to be updated of the events, publications and discussions in the area

To join BEA-list, contact Andrea Horbach (andrea.horbach@uni-due.de). BEA-mailing list spreads information in a digest form approx 4 times a year.

For NLP4CALL inquiries, please email David Alfter (david dot alfter at uclouvain dot be)