Over years, using corpora as a source of evidence and support has been found to be beneficial for linguistic description and lexicography as well as understanding how to learn or teach a language. Recently, several studies report that integrating various NLP tools and corpus-based statistical analysis seems to be considered effective in writing, speaking, reading, among other language learning skills. From the pedagogical perspective, this integration can boost the creation of high-quality teaching materials in an automatic or semi-automatic way and, on the other hand, promoting learner's autonomy. However, this integration has also been associated with certain limitations. For instance, many NLP tools require considerable levels of linguistic and technological sophistication because they were designed for NLP specialists without considering teachers and students. Further, some usage of available corpora in education may not be reliable for learners because they are compiled from texts that are of little interest or relevance to language learning. Besides, many other limitations are still under-explored. Moreover, regarding teachers and students, most of them are not aware of the greatest advantage of using NLP tools and corpora to prepare efficient materials for language teaching and (self)-learning, primarily for low-resource languages, instead of using ready-made materials that could be far away from their perspectives and unrelated to the language to be learned.

The focus of this workshop is to shed light on the use of NLP tools and corpora in studies that have a pedagogical purpose especially for low or relatively under-resourced languages in which the integration of artificial intelligent techniques in its teaching and learning processes has not made much progress and fall far behind compared to other languages such as English. Further, the aim of this workshop is to increase awareness of the greatest advantage of using NLP tools and corpora to prepare efficient materials for language teaching and (self)-learning. Besides, the workshop will provide a leading venue for students, researchers, and teachers to disseminate and discuss their most recent and relevant experiences and studies. Additionally, it will have oral presentation sessions as well as poster sessions in order to maximize the amount of original work that presented.

Topics of interest:

Basically, the present workshop targets two scientific issues: (1) highlighting the strengths of integration NLP tools and corpora in language teaching and learning; and (2) revealing the current challenges faced by researchers working in this area. In this regard, we invite papers that pertain to these issues including but not limited to:

* Data-driven learning

* New language resources for educational use

* Building and analysing Learner corpora

* Use of corpus-based analysis in language teaching

* NLP tools for second and foreign language learners

* Automated scoring/evaluation for written student responses

* NLP tools for special education

* Tools that automatically generate test questions

* Language-based educational games that incorporates NLP

* Teachersknowledge and beliefs about using NLP-based systems in their teaching activities

* Studies that investigate the effectiveness of integration of NLP and corpora in language teaching and learning


Program committee members:
 

* Abdelhak Lakhouaja, Mohamed First University, Morocco 

* Ahmed Guessoum, University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria

* Alex Boulton,University of Lorraine, France

* Azzeddine Mazroui, Mohamed First University, Morocco

* Jill Burstein, Educational Testing Service in Princeton, USA

* Mai Zaki, American University of Sharjah, UAE

* Karim Bouzoubaa, Mohamed Vth University, Morocco

* Mounir Zrigui, University of Monastir, Tunisia

* Muhammad Sabri Sahrir, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malays

* Tim Buckwalter, University of Maryland, USA

* Violetta Cavalli-Sforza, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

* Walid Magdy, University of Edinburgh, UK

* Ahmed Guessoum, University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene, Algeria

* Alex Boulton, University of Lorraine, France < /p>

* Fadoua Ataa Allah, Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture, Morocco

* Dirk Goldhahn, University of Leipzig, German

* Hamouda Bebaha, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, Qatar

* Hassina Aliane, Research Center on Scientific and Technical Information, Algeria.< /p>

* Kais Haddar, University of Sfax, Tunisia

* Nadi Tomeh, Universit; Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris, France

*Said Desouki, Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, Damascu, Syria

* Zakaria Kurdi, Lynchburg College, USA

Publication and submission

Authors are invited to submit original research contributions not concurrently submitted elsewhere (Submission system). Normal length papers should be 8-10 pages, formatted in Springer’s single column format (detailed instructions for paper format in Latex and MS Word can found here https://www.springer.com/series/11156# ).

Submitted papers will be refereed by at least three reviewers for quality, correctness, originality, and relevance. Notification and reviews will be communicated via email. Authors of the best papers will be invited to extend their papers for inclusion in a special issue of the some journals indexed by SCOUPS and EI.

Papers reporting original research results and experience are solicited. The online submission process is opened. Authors may use the online submission system hosted by Easychair Conference System to submit their papers. If you don't have an Easychair account you will need to create one and then login in order to submit your papers. Please read the Submission Instructions before submitting your work in the system.


Web Submission:

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=conlp4ltl
 

All accepted conference papers will be presented at the conference and included in the published proceedings by Springer.

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline 30 April 2018
Acceptance notification 20 May  2018
Submission of revised papers and camera ready 31 May 2018
Registration 31 May 2018