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Experiments With Universal Cefr Classification, Sowmya Vajjala, Taraka Rama Jan 2018

Experiments With Universal Cefr Classification, Sowmya Vajjala, Taraka Rama

English Conference Papers, Posters and Proceedings

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) guidelines describe language proficiency of learners on a scale of 6 levels. While the description of CEFR guidelines is generic across languages, the development of automated proficiency classification systems for different languages follow different approaches. In this paper, we explore universal CEFR classification using domainspecific and domain-agnostic, theory-guided as well as data-driven features. We report the results of our preliminary experiments in monolingual, cross-lingual, and multilingual classification with three languages: German, Czech, and Italian. Our results show that both monolingual and multilingual models achieve similar performance, and cross-lingual classification yields lower, but comparable ...


Language Learning Materials Worthy Of Attention, Carol Chapelle, Grace Jun, Ivon Katz Jan 2009

Language Learning Materials Worthy Of Attention, Carol Chapelle, Grace Jun, Ivon Katz

English Conference Papers, Posters and Proceedings

At the 2008 Technology for Second Language Learning conference, we were very grateful to have Jim Pusack and Sue Otto of the University of Iowa accept our invitation to appear as invited speakers along with Dorothy Chun (University of California at Santa Barbara) and Sherry Preiss (Pearson Education). The three invited talks provided three perspectives on the complex process of language learning materials development and evaluation. Just three months after the conference, we were shocked and saddened to learn that Jim Pusack died suddenly on December 30, 2008. Jim’s academic career was devoted to exploration of new technologies for ...