2016 San Francisco

2nd Workshop -- September 6 & 7, 2016 Collocated with WOCCI.org and Interspeech 2016

The 2nd Workshop on Language Teaching, Learning and Technology is going to take place in San Francisco on September 6 and 7. 

NEW -->> Invited Speakers 
(see Program)
Roberto Pieraccini on Jibo and 
Brian Langner and Sarah Wulfeck on ToyTalk
Jared Bernstein on Interactive System Design for Children and Others

The LTLT workshop intends to join researchers across countries on the topic of language teaching/learning. Papers submitted here do not have to employ any technology yet. We are looking for contributions from users that may not be aware of all the possibilities that the technologies have to offer to solve educational research problems. What these papers bring to the table are problem statements and data collections that the speech and text processing community may in turn not be aware of. Thus we are looking for symbioses between the two disciplines in research about learning/teaching language. It is important for both areas to get to know each other's research questions and potential application for technologies. 

This goal will be achieved through collocation of the event with workshops that are associated with Interspeech (focusing on technology for automatic processing of speech and text) that allows you to meet people with similar interests, share your work and forge new interactions across disciplines. In doing so, we are looking for a broad range of contributions from didactics, psychology and pedagogy from researchers interested in bridging the current gap to automation. Demonstrations as well as samples of data collections and annotations are welcome.

This workshop is endorsed by ISCA and organized by the Special Interest Group for Children (SIG-CHILD) group that has regular WOCCI workshops.

Notice, there is a call for contributions to the Special Issue on Language Interaction Technologies for Children.

Topics of Interest include but are not limited to:

  • Data collection, methods, annotation, recognition, analysis, diagnostic, progression of skills, for example in: 
    • Handwriting
    • Spoken interaction
    • Story telling
    • Text production
    • Spelling errors
  • Evaluation of L1/L2 teaching methods
  • Teaching L2 Kids in an L1 class environment (many classes have a large number of multilingual children in L1 classrooms whose parents to not speak the L1 language)
  • Issues in majority language learning environments for L1 and L2 learners
  • Models of learning
  • Applications for teaching, self-learning, classroom learning
  • Giving Feedback
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Games for language learning
  • Other analyses and ideas that have to do with language teaching