*Deadline extension, April 27th*


The 5th Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational
Applications (*NLPTEA 2018*)

with a Shared Task for Chinese Grammatical Error Diagnosis (*CGED*)

July 19, 2018 at Melbourne, Australia (in conjunction with *ACL 2018*)

NLPTEA 2018: *https://sites.google.com/view/nlptea2018/


The aim of this 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
computational linguistics community has advanced NLP techniques for
educational applications. For example, a series of workshops on Innovative
Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (BEA) were organized to
improve existing capabilities and to generate creative ways to use NLP in
educational applications for writing, reading, assessment, and so on.
Besides, a number of competitive tasks have been organized to encourage
innovation in automated grammatical error detection and correction. For
examples, the CoNLL 2013/2014 shared tasks aimed to correct grammatical
errors among learners of English as a foreign language in the educational
application. All of these workshops/competitions will increase the
visibility of educational application research in the NLP community.

However, the workshops and shared tasks mentioned above predominantly focus
on English language learning. Unlike the English learning setting for which
many learning technologies have been developed, learning tools to support
Asian language learners are relatively rare. In response, we organized the
1st NLPTEA workshop in conjunction with the 22nd International Conference
on Computers in Education (ICCE 2014 in Nara, Japan), which is the flagship
conference in computer education area. The 2nd NLPTEA workshop was held in
conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2015 (Beijing, China). The 3rd NLPTEA workshop
was organized in COLING 2016 (Osaka, Japan). The 4th NLPTEA workshop was
organized in IJCNLP 2017 (Taipei, Taiwan).

The NLPTEA is the annual workshop for the Special Interest Group on
Computer-Assisted Language Learning (SIGCALL) of the Association for
Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing (ACLCLP). The
purpose of NLPTEA 2018 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 applied
and theoretical research findings. To better meet this end, this year, we
will have a shared task on Chinese Grammatical Error Diagnosis.

We solicit submissions of research studies on all topics related to NLP
techniques for educational applications in terms of both full papers and
short papers for either oral or poster presentation. We will give special
attention to research that has taken Asian language learning into
consideration. Besides, one of our key goals of this workshop is to foster
collaboration between researchers and developers from the computational
linguistics and computer education areas. Original studies reporting joint
work are therefore especially encouraged. Topics of interest include, but
are not limited to:

   - *Annotation schema and error tagging*
   - *Assessment of learners’ language proficiency*
   - *Automated essay scoring*
   - *Collaborative learning environments*
   - *Content analysis for assessment*
   - *Discourse and stylistic analysis*
   - *Educational data mining*
   - *E-learning tools for personalized course content*
   - *Grammatical error detection and correction*
   - *Intelligent tutoring systems*
   - *Learner corpus development and evaluation*
   - *Native language identification*
   - *NLP tools for language learning*
   - *Plagiarism detection*
   - *Second language acquisition*
   - *Sentence judgment system*
   - *Spelling error checking*
   - *Structural analysis of argumentation*
   - *Tools and applications for teachers, courseware, tests, and students*

We invite authors to submit the following 2 types of papers:

   - *Full papers* (8 pages, plus 2 extra pages for references) that report
   solid and completed work with new experiments, findings and/or approaches

   - *Short papers* (4 pages, plus 2 extra pages for references) that report
   a small, focused contribution, work in progress, a negative result, an
   interesting application nugget

Accepted papers will be presented orally or as posters. The decision as to
which papers will be presented orally and which as posters will be made by
the program committee based on the nature rather than on the quality of the

*Submission Format*:

Submissions must be in PDF, and must conform to the official style
guidelines in two-column format for ACL 2018. We ask you to use the
provided LaTeX style files or Word template. Authors are strongly
discouraged from modifying the style files. Submissions that do not conform
to the required styles, including paper size, margin width, and font size
restrictions, will be rejected without review.

*Submission Guidelines*:

Submitted papers should be substantially original and unpublished. The
reviewing process will be *double-blind*. Therefore papers must not include
authors' names and affiliations. Furthermore, self-references that reveal
the authors' identity, e.g., "We previously showed (Smith, 1991) ..." must
be avoided. Instead, use citations such as "Smith previously showed (Smith,
1991) .." Papers that do not conform to these requirements will be rejected
without review. In addition, please do not post your submissions on the web
until after the review process is complete.

*Important Dates*:

   - Paper submission deadline: *April 27, 2018*
   - Notification of acceptance: May 18, 2018
   - Camera-ready deadline: May 28, 2018
   - Workshop date: July 19, 2018

*Workshop Organizers*

   - Yuen-Hsien Tseng, National Taiwan Normal University
   - Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University
   - Vincent Ng, The University of Texas at Dallas
   - Mamoru Komachi, Tokyo Metropolitan University

*Shared Task Organizers*

   - Gaoqi Rao, Beijing Language and Culture University
   - Lung-Hao Lee, National Taiwan Normal University
   - Baolin Zhang, Beijing Language and Culture University
   - Endong Xun, Beijing Language and Culture University
   - Liang-Chih Yu, Yuan Ze University
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