Corpora: ACL Workshop CFP: Effective Tools and Methodologies for Teaching NLP/CL

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Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 20:10:36 MET

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                             An ACL 2002 Workshop

              July 7, 2002 (the day before the main conference)
                            Philadelphia, PA, USA


                      Chris Brew, Ohio State University
                    Dragomir Radev, University of Michigan

                            FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS


    Natural Language Processing (and Computational Linguistics) courses
    have been enjoying a large interest in the last few years. More and
    more universities are offering both introductory and advanced
    classes. Over the years, faculty from different departments have been
    developing their classes by introducing and refining new lectures,
    software, and projects. Some of the main challenges in teaching NLP

    1. Teaching to a diverse audience, consisting of a mix of students in
       Linguistics, Computer Science, Information Science, and
       Bioinformatics; both undergraduate and graduate; and with a wide
       range of proficiency in linguistics, computer theory, or

    2. Selecting an appropriate focus for a course, e.g., theory
       vs. applications, symbolic vs. empirical, text-only
       vs. text+speech, etc.

    3. Finding an appropriate place of an NLP/CL course within a larger
       curriculum, e.g., in Artificial Intelligence, Computational
       Linguistics, Cognitive Science, or Language Engineering.

    4. Finding the right links to related areas, such as Theoretical
       Linguistics, Information Retrieval, Speech Science, Cognitive
       Science, Artificial Intelligence, or Genetic/Molecular Biology.

    5. Choosing appropriate assignments to provide the right mix of
       theoretical, programming and data analysis exercises.

    6. Designing software for educational purposes and developing
       tutorials on existing software.

    This ACL workshop on Effective Tools and Methodologies for Teaching
    NLP/CL will address these challenges. The workshop will bring together
    college faculty with experience in teaching such courses as well as
    future teachers (e.g., current graduate students).


    We will be soliciting short papers (4-6 pages) on the following

    1. Effective course lectures

    2. Innovative assignments and projects

    3. Educational software

    4. Web resources

    5. Curriculum issues (e.g., developing an effective multi-course CL

    6. Teaching NLP in different departments: Computer Science,
       Linguistics, Information Science, etc.

    7. Connecting teaching and research

    8. Seminar-style courses

    9. Choice of programming languages (and programming requirements in

    10. Teaching NLP in languages other than English

    11. Evaluation issues (outcomes assessment, educational measurement,

    In addition to these papers, the organizers will be collecting
    pointers to educational resources on the Web, including course notes,
    assignments, tutorials, software, and demos.

    The workshop will feature a panel discussing longer-term activities
    such as a mailing list for instructors, an archive of educational
    materials, etc.

    Submissions should be formatted according to the ACL style guide
    ( and must be in either
    PS, PDF, or DOC format. These should be sent electronically to by the deadline shown below. Hard copies will be
    accepted only if the authors explicitly make such arrangements the
    co-chairs at least one week prior to the official submission date. In
    that case, the hard copies will still have to arrive by the submission

    We will assemble printed proceedings, however the ultimate goal of
    this workshop would be laying the groundwork for further professional
    collaboration in teaching NLP/CL, creating an ACL SIG, and building a
    clearinghouse for educational materials.


    Papers due: March 29, 2002
    Acceptance or rejection notification: April 22, 2002
    Camera-ready versions due: May 17, 2002
    Workshop: July 07, 2002


    Registration fees are $50 for regular participants and $0 (free) for
    up to 10 lower income participants (e.g., graduate students and/or
    participants from Eastern Europe, Africa, and other disadvantaged
    areas of the world).

    Candidates for registration fee waivers should indicate their interest
    to the program co-chairs by April 22. Authors of accepted papers will
    have priority, then authors of rejected papers, then all others.


    Chris Brew (co-chair), Ohio State University,
    Dragomir Radev (co-chair), University of Michigan,

    Robert Dale, Macquarie University,
    Graeme Hirst, University of Toronto,
    Eduard Hovy, USC/ISI,
    Andy Kehler, University of California, San Diego,
    Lillian Lee, Cornell University,
    Gina Levow, University of Chicago,
    Diane Litman, University of Pittsburgh,
    Chris Manning, Stanford University,
    James Martin, University of Colorado,
    Detmar Meurers, Ohio State University,
    Massimo Poesio, University of Essex,
    James Pustejovsky, Brandeis University,
    Ehud Reiter, University of Aberdeen,
    Philip Resnik, University of Maryland,
    Ellen Riloff, University of Utah,
    Matt Stone, Rutgers University,
    Rich Thomason, University of Michigan,
    Hans Uszkoreit, University of the Saarland and DFKI,
    Bonnie Webber, University of Edinburgh,
    Dekai Wu, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,

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