ESS2003: Language and Speech Technology for Language Learning

Steven Krauwer
Tue, 29 Apr 2003 13:55:18 +0200

                          SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT


                        CALL for PARTICIPATION

  The 11th ELSNET Summer School on Language and Speech Communication

      Topic: Language and Speech Technology in Language Learning

         Lille (France), Monday July 7 - Friday July 18, 2003

                Organized by the University of Lille 3

We are happy to announce that registration for the 11th ELSNET Summer
School is now open. For this school we have chosen a topic of great
relevance to researchers and developers in Europe and in other
multilingual environments: the use of language and speech technology
in language learning, both of spoken and of written language. The goal
of this workshop is to get young researchers on a track that will
eventually contribute to an important application area. The underlying
vision (or dream) is The automatic animated language tutor.

+ Audience and aims:

We see the school as mainly research and development oriented, and
hence the primary audience are researchers, developers and integrators
who will make our vision happen (rather than teachers who would use
it). Both technological and pedagogical aspects will be taken into

The aims are:
  * to make the students familiar with the main principles and
    problems of language learning/teaching
  * to make them familiar with current best practice in computer
    assisted language learning
  * to make them familiar with the main challenges in computer
    assisted language learning

Participants are expected to have a general computational background
and some familiarity with language or speech research and/or
processing. After completion of the summer school participants should
be able to function in teams aimed at designing or implementing tools,
environments or courses for Computer Assisted Language Learning
(abbreviated CALL).

+ Course programme:

The provisonal programme is available at

The 2-weeks programme comprises the following courses:
  * Introduction to CALL
      (Teacher: Jozef Colpaert, [Univ of Antwerp])
  * Introduction to natural language processing for CALL
      (Teacher: Wolfgang Menzel [Univ of Hamburg])
  * Introduction to speech processing for CALL
      (Teacher: Philippe Delcloque [MSEC Manchester])
  * Using NLP tools in CALL (hands-on)
      (Teacher: Wolfgang Menzel [Univ of Hamburg])
  * Using Speech tools in CALL (hands-on)
      (Teacher: Michael McTear [Univ of Ulster])
  * CALL design and interfaces
      (Teacher: Philippe Delcloque [MSEC Manchester])
  * Grammatical and morphological error diagnosis
      (Teacher: Lars Borin [Univ of Gothenburg])
  * Systems for pronunciation training
      (Teacher: Anne-Marie Oster [KTH Stockholm])
  * Building a grammatical CALL system (hands-on)
      (Teacher: Lars Borin [Univ of Gothenburg])
  * Building a speech CALL system (hands-on)
      (Teacher: Michael McTear [Univ of Ulster])

All students attend the same full programme, except for the hands-on
sessions, where students can sign up for either NLP or Speech oriented
streams. In special student sessions students can present their own
work. The presentations will be published on the ELSNET website.
Please note that the number of places for this summer school is
limited and that early registration is recommended.

The working language of the Summer School will be English.

+ Fees:

Category                 Registration fee (euro)
Students                                     125
Academic staff                               250
Commercial organisations                     500
ELSNET members are entitled to a 20% discount

+ Food and accommodation:

The cost of accommodation (on campus) will be 20 euro per night
Meals will be free. 

+ Registration, grants and other information:

For detailed information about registration procedures and deadlines,
fees, accommodation, grant possibilities, venue, course and social
programme, etc visit the ESS2003 website at

or send an email to the local organizers at

A limited number of grants (covering the cost of accommodation)
may be available. Details and application forms will be published
on the website.

For information about the programme visit the ESS2003 website or 
or contact the chair of the programme committee, 
Steven Krauwer (

Steven Krauwer, ELSNET coordinator, UiL-OTS, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht, NL
phone: +31 30 253 6050,  fax: +31 30 253 6000, email: