The 3rd Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLP-TEA-3)


The 3rd Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications (NLP-TEA-3) with a Shared Task for Chinese Grammatical Error Diagnosis (CGED)

December 12, 2016 at Osaka, Japan (in conjunction with COLING 2016)


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, Helping Our Own (HOO) was a series of shared tasks used for correcting grammatical errors of English texts written by non-native speakers. 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 first NLP-TEA 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 NLP-TEA workshop was held in conjunction with ACL-IJCNLP 2015 (Beijing, China). The NLP-TEA 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 NLP-TEA-3 in conjunction with COLING 2016 (Osaka, Japan) 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, 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 computer-assisted Asian language learning into consideration. Besides, one of our key goals of this workshop is to foster collaboration between researchers and developers from computational linguistics and computer education areas. Original studies reporting joint work are therefore especially encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Assessment of learners’ language proficiency
  • Automated essay scoring
  • Content analysis for assessment
  • Discourse and stylistic analysis
  • Educational data mining
  • Error tagging editor
  • Grammatical error detection and correction
  • Learner corpus development and evaluation
  • Native language identification
  • NLP tools for language learning
  • Plagiarism detection
  • Second language acquisition
  • Sentence judgment system
  • Spelling error check
  • 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 nature rather than on the quality of the work.

Submission Format: All submissions must be in PDF format and must follow the official COLING 2016 style guidelines which can be found at

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: September 25, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: October 16, 2016
  • Camera-ready deadline: October 30, 2016
  • Workshop date: December 12, 2016
Workshop Organizers

  • Hsin-Hsi Chen, National Taiwan University
  • Yuen-Hsien Tseng, National Taiwan Normal University
  • Vincent Ng, The University of Texas at Dallas
  • Xiaofei Lu, The Pennsylvania State University