Conference Agenda

Towards Adaptive CALL:

Natural Language Processing for Diagnostic Language Assessment

Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2007

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Robert Mislevy

University of Maryland

For further information, please contact Yoo Ree Chung:

Conference Schedule

(To read abstracts or visit presenters’ homepages, click titles or presenters’ names below.)

Friday, September 21

Scheman Building (Room 175-179)

1:00-1:45 PM Registration (Lobby next to 175 Schemen)
1:45-2:00 PM Welcome by Carol A. Chapelle
2:00-2:30 PM The development of a web-based Spanish listening exam, Cristina Pardo Ballester (Iowa State University)
2:30-3:00 PM Minimal pairs in spoken corpora: Implications for pronunciation assessment and teaching, John Levis & Viviana Cortes (Iowa State University)
3:00-3:40 PM

[Invited Presentation 1]

Premises, conditions, and a framework for cognitive diagnostic assessment, Eunice Eunhee Jang (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
of the University of Toronto)

3:40-4:00 PM Break
4:00-4:30 PM Using diagnostic information to adapt traditional textbook-based instruction, Joan Jamieson, Maja Grgurovic, and Tony Becker (Northern Arizona University, Iowa State University, and Northern Arizona University, respectively)
4:30-5:00 PM Extending learner models for intelligent computer-assisted language learning beyond grammar, Luiz A. Amaral & Detmar Meurers (University of Victoria and Ohio State University, respectively)
5:00-5:30 PM Soundwaves and spectrographs: Feedback for L2 learners, Fran Gulinello (Nassau Community College)
5:45-7:30 PM Reception (190 Stagedoor)

Saturday, September 22

Memorial Union (Pioneer Room)

8:30-9:00 AM Registration (Outside of the Pioneer Room) and Refreshments
9:00-10:15 AM


A Taxonomy of adaptive testingRobert Mislevy (University of Maryland)

10:15-10:30 AM Break
10:30-11:10 AM

[Invited Presentation 2]

Error-coded ESL learners’ essays and automated diagnostic feedback, Yong-Won Lee (Seoul National University, Korea)

11:10-11:40 AM Machine scoring in diagnostic assessment of L2 spoken language skills, Masa Suzuki & Alistair van Moere (Ordinate Corporation)
11:40 AM-12:10 PM Automated diagnostic writing tests: Why? How?, Elena Cotos & Nick Pendar (Iowa State University)
12:10-1:20 PM Lunch Break
1:20-2:00 PM

[Invited Presentation 3]

Decisions about automated scoring: What they mean for our constructs, Nathan Carr (California State University, Fullerton)

2:00-2:30 PM Towards cognitive response theory in diagnostic language assessment: An assumption bridging cognitive science and language testing, Quan Zhang (College of Foreign Studies, Southern Medical University, China)
2:30-3:10 PM

[Invited Presentation 4]

What and how much evidence do we need? Critical considerations for using automated speech scoring systems, Xiaoming Xi (Educational Testing Service)

3:10-3:30 PM Break
3:30-4:00 PM NLP-based CALL: A review of evaluation and effectiveness, Maja Grgurovic & Nick Pendar (Iowa State University)
4:00-4:30 PM Study on the quantitative analyses of learner data and their implications for designing CALL tasks, Jinhee Choo & Doe Hyung Kim (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
4:30-5:00 PM An innovative record-keeping of learners’ language performance: Using computer-mediated chat dialogue for assessment and learning purposes, Melissa Baralt (Georgetown University)
5:00-5:40 PM

[Invited Presentation 5]

Modeling SLA processes using NLP, Mathias Schulze (University of Waterloo)

6:00-9:00 PM Reception (Hosted by Prof. Volker Hegelheimer)