Interlocutors 2017

Interlocutors 2018: Languages, Teaching & Programming

February 9-12, 2018

University of Notre Dame McKenna Conference Center

Interlocutors Conference 2018: Languages, Teaching & Programming provides an opportunity for language teachers, linguists, computer scientists and programmers to come together and engage with theories, research, and pedagogy relevant to second language acquisition. The primary goal of this conference is to bridge gaps between these diverse but related fields to advance second language acquisition through sound pedagogy and innovative technology.

Keynote Speakers:

Carol Chapelle and Evgeny Chukharev-Hudilainen Iowa State University

Andy Way / Monica Ward - Dublin City University

Francoise Blin - Dublin City University, co-editor ReCALL Journal

Kevin Scannell - Saint Louis University

David Chiang - University of Notre Dame

Interlocutors 2017 features keynote addresses from renowned scholars, paper presentations, and workshops. In addition, a concurrent, integrated hackathon allows language teachers, linguists, and computer programmers to work together to develop innovative language learning software. Participants focusing on natural language processing and computational linguistics are encouraged to apply.

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Call for Papers, Workshops, Tech Ideas, Hackers, etc.

Do you have a tech idea or project proposal?

Do you have an idea for an app or piece of software? Or perhaps a pedagogical issue that you think technology may be able to solve? Submit it here.

Selected ideas will be developed at the Interlocutors Hackathon, made available as open source software, and have the potential of becoming a classroom reality.


Want to participate in the Hackathon?

Note: nonprogrammers are very welcome to participate! Oftentimes, the best hackathon teams feature a diverse range of skills and backgrounds.

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Abstract for a Paper Presentation or Workshop? (Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016)

We encourage empirically-, theoretically-, and/or pedagogically-oriented research papers as well as interdisciplinary papers which investigate intersections between language and computer science. Paper Presentation sessions are 30 minutes. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching & Theorizing grammar, vocabulary, or pronunciation
  • Teaching & Theorizing reading, writing, speaking, or listening
  • Language assessment
  • Using corpora
  • Morphological analysis, part of speech tagging, syntactic parsing
  • Machine translation
  • Speech recognition and synthesis

We also welcome proposals for workshops. Workshops are practical, one hour, "how-to" sessions targeted to language teachers.

  • Coding for beginners
  • Mobile Assisted Language Learning
  • Design for language education
  • Corpus and computational tools for language educators
  • Advanced coding (python, etc.)
  • Other new apps and language tools

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

Submit an abstract

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2016



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