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Program of the CALICO Pre-Conference Workshop on

Automatic Analysis of Learner Language:
Bridging Foreign Language Teaching Needs and NLP Possibilities


Day 1 Tuesday, March 18
9:00-9:10  Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University) and Anne Rimrott (Simon Fraser University):
9:10-9:40  Nick Pendar and Anna Kosterina (Iowa State University, USA):
The Challenges of Annotating Learner Language
9:40-10:10  Marzena Watorek (Université de Paris 8) and Aurelia Marcus (Sinequa):
Formalizing the second language learner corpus by means of automatic analysis
10:10-10:30  Coffee
10:30-11:00  Trude Heift (Simon Fraser University)
Goals and Challenges for the Standardization of Error Typologies in Parser-Based CALL
11:00-11:30  Michael Gamon, Chris Brockett, William B. Dolan, Jianfeng Gao, Alexandre Klementiev (Microsoft Research), Dmitriy Belenko (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Claudia Leacock (Butler Hill Group):
Using Statistical Techniques and Web Search to Correct ESL Errors
11:30-12:00  Anne Rimrott, Trude Heift (Simon Fraser University):
Classification Systems for Misspellings by Non-native Writers
12:00-1:00  Lunch
1:00-1:30  Mathias Schulze and Peter Wood (University of Waterloo):
Analyzing Learner Texts
1:30-2:00  Ghazi Abuhakema, Anna Feldman, Eileen Fitzpatrick (Montclair State University):
A New Arabic Interlanguage Database: Collection, Annotation, Analysis
2:00-2:30  Tony Berber Sardinha (Catholic University of Sao Paulo) and Tania Shepherd (Rio de Janeiro State University):
Developing an online system for automatically identifying errors in Brazilian learner English
2:30-3:00  Coffee
3:00-3:30  Martí Quixal and Toni Badia (Universitat Pompeu Fabra):
Exploiting unsupervised techniques to predict EFL learner errors
3:30-4:00  Joachim Wagner, Jennifer Foster, and Josef van Genabith (Dublin City University):
Using Decision Trees to Detect and Classify Grammatical Errors
4:00-5:00  Poster Session:
Day 2 Wednesday, March 19
9:00-9:30  Heather Hilton (Université de Savoie):
Annotation and analyses of temporal aspects of spoken fluency
9:30-10:00  Su-Youn Yoon, Lisa Pierce, Amanda Huensch, Eric Juul, Samantha Perkins, Richard Sproat, Mark Hasegawa-Johnson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign):
Construction of a rated speech corpus of L2 learners' speech
10:00-10:30  Deryle Lonsdale, C. Ray Graham, Casey Kennington, Aaron Johnson, Jeremiah McGhee (Brigham Young University):
Scoring an Oral Language Test Using Automatic Speech Recognition
10:30-11:00  Coffee
11:00-11:30  Seok Bae Jang (Georgetown University), Sun-Hee Lee (Wellesley College), Sang-kyu Seo (Yonsei University):
Annotation of Korean Learner Corpora for Particle Error Detection
11:30-12:00  Noriko Nagata (University of San Francisco):
Robo-Sensei's NLP-based Error Detection and Feedback Generation
12:00-12:30  Luiz Amaral (University of Victoria), Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University):
Little Things With Big Effects: On the Identfication and Interpretation of Tokens for Error Diagnosis in ICALL
12:30-1:45  Lunch
1:45-2:15  Joel Tetreault, Yoko Futagi (Educational Testing Service), Martin Chodorow (Hunter College):
Reliability of Human Annotation of Usage Errors in Learner Text
2:15-2:45  Rachele De Felice and Stephen G. Pulman (Oxford University):
Automatic detection of preposition errors in learner writing
2:45-3:15  Xiaofei Lu (Pennsylvania State University):
Automatic Measurement of Syntactic Complexity in Second Language Acquisition
3:15-3:45  Coffee
3:45-5:15 Jill Burstein (Educational Testing Service), Jennifer Foster (Dublin City University), Michael Gamon (Microsoft Research), Trude Heift (Simon Fraser University), Detmar Meurers (Ohio State University), Lisa Michaud (Wheaton College):
Panel discussion on "Automatic Analysis of Learner Language: What's the next step?"

A list of all abstracts, alphebetical by first author, can be found at