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A New Dataset and Method for Automatically Grading ESOL Texts

Helen Yannakoudakis, Ted Briscoe, Ben Medlock
2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics  
In particular, we use rank preference learning to explicitly model the grade relationships between scripts.  ...  Finally, using a set of 'outlier' texts, we test the validity of our model and identify cases where the model's scores diverge from that of a human examiner.  ...  Acknowledgements We would like to thank Cambridge ESOL, a division of Cambridge Assessment, for permission to use and distribute the examination scripts.  ... 
dblp:conf/acl/YannakoudakisBM11 fatcat:24nx4rylavhdthjav2sp6foyxa

The English Profile Programme – the first three years

Nick Saville, Roger Hawkey
2010 English Profile Journal  
A major objective of English Profile is to analyse learner language to throw more light on what learners of English can and can't do at different CEFR levels, and to assess how well they perform using  ...  Large samples of writing and speech are required for the Programme, with the Cambridge Learner Corpus providing data for the initial phase.  ...  The model has been adopted by Cambridge ESOL as the basis for the validation of Cambridge ESOL examinations (Shaw & Weir, 2007; Khalifa & Weir, 2009 ) which have provided significant corpus data being  ... 
doi:10.1017/s2041536210000061 fatcat:uvvks6bpqzdtvgecw2qulxlpe4

Page 533 of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA Vol. 26, Issue 2 [page]

1992 Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA  
The model is said to produce more coherent language courses. 6 Figures, 16 Refer- ences. Adapted from the source document.  ...  by a sociolo- gist in a text in English that the students had read before the test.  ... 

The Common European Framework

F. Heyworth
2006 ELT Journal  
coding model • appear meaningful.  ...  into the use of word-processed text on rater behaviour (as opposed to handwritten text).  ... 
doi:10.1093/elt/cci105 fatcat:kg7bo2zz3vdkxk672iui5vtqkq

Hitting the Mark: Learner's Perceptions of Course Design in a Foundation ESOL Program

Malcolm N. Macdonald, Richard Badger, Goodith White
1999 The TESL Canada Journal  
Overall, learners rated the language-based course more highly in the first semester and the two content courses more highly in the second.  ...  Learners rated different aspects of their development in language, skills, and strategies-as well as motivational factors-over two semesters.  ...  taught in Italy, Finland, Singapore, Portugal, Eire, and the UK.  ... 
doi:10.18806/tesl.v17i1.882 fatcat:l6vdoin7dfdhjajperdtrj2bwa

UCLA Community College Review: Academic Literacy for English Language Learners

Maty Jane Curry
2004 Community College Review  
In one, an adjunct model, students in an intensive preparatory program take introductory courses such as psychology, geography, and computer science along with intensive ESOL courses, and "assignments  ...  Students benefit by reading authentic academic texts and interacting with native-English speakers in classes and lectures while they are supported by the ESOL staff.  ... 
doi:10.1177/009155210403200204 fatcat:j7sohb3lyncqjmzumywoztw2wu

A sociocultural perspective on ESOL teachers' linguistic knowledge for teaching

Jenelle Reeves
2009 Linguistics and Education  
Teachers' biographies, including their experiences as language learners, shape their knowledge base for teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL).  ...  Cases studies of two early career ESOL teachers with similar language learner biographies, that of first language (L1) Center English speakers with limited second language (L2) learning experienee, provided  ...  the form of symbolic and graphic models" (Karapov, 2003 as quoted in Lantolf & Johnson, 2007, p. 880) .  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.linged.2008.11.001 fatcat:i6swnnktczcfxfbaovoz5awmnq

Does technical assessment matter? Functionality and usability testing of websites for ESL/EFL autonomous learners

Natividad Aguayo, Cristina M. Ramírez
2020 Research in Learning Technology  
The analysis is based on functionality and usability aspects through the use of a specifically designed checklist, created and preliminarily implemented in the early development phase of this study.  ...  In the context of the LinguApp research project developed at the University of Córdoba (Spain),1 we aim to evaluate the technical quality of a group of English teaching websites for self-directed learning  ...  Design BBC BRITISH COUNCIL CAMBRIDGE ESOL COURSES 2.4.1. Interface design is coherent in all website pages 2.4.2. Interface design is clear and clean 2.4.3.  ... 
doi:10.25304/rlt.v28.2353 fatcat:z4gksswxo5gdraw47vdesofxze

Automatic learner summary assessment for reading comprehension

Menglin Xia, Ekaterina Kochmar, Ted Briscoe
2019 Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the North  
Automating the assessment of learner summaries provides a useful tool for assessing learner reading comprehension.  ...  We evaluate our models on two datasets we created and show that our models outperform traditional approaches that rely on exact word match on this task.  ...  We also thank Cambridge Assessment for their assistance in the collection of the real learner data. We are grateful to the anonymous reviewers for their valuable feedback.  ... 
doi:10.18653/v1/n19-1261 dblp:conf/naacl/XiaKB19 fatcat:tj5qpmulmrhvleq2npdhov4mu4

Developing Idiomatic Competence in the ESOL Classroom: A Pragmatic Account

John I. Liontas
2015 TESOL Journal  
for speakers of other languages (ESOL).  ...  to be made compatible with and supportive of the way English language learners learn best.  ...  In the reverse version of this task, students read four texts and decide from which text the given idiom was extracted.  ... 
doi:10.1002/tesj.230 fatcat:n2ps4kmlgbhbzbxqknmp5gnanu

Impact of Teaching Cohesive Devices to Iranian EFL learners: Case of IELTS writing task 2 examination

Syed Mojtaba Marashi
2021 JL3T (Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Language Teaching)  
The notion of "textuality" encouraged Halliday and Hasan in 1976 to present their model of discourse analysis through raising questions about whether "cohesion" was a semantic concept or a structural relation  ...  Cohesion was like the glue that unified the meaning within a text through binding the textual elements. Tackling relations of meaning and references in a text was often related to cohesion.  ...  A text is a passage of discourse which is coherent in these two regards: it is coherent concerning the context of the situation, and therefore consistent in the register, and it is coherent concerning  ... 
doi:10.32505/jl3t.v6i2.2050 fatcat:rhvvll2ykbbgdgtrre4ccsvcvq

How are spoken skills assessed in proficiency tests of general English as a Foreign Language? A preliminary survey

María Luisa Roca Varela, Ignacio M. Palacios
2013 International Journal of English Studies (IJES)  
This paper examines some of the best known proficiency tests in English, with particular focus on the oral component.  ...  in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and the kinds of tasks and marking systems used for assessment.  ...  and their task consists in answering coherently.  ... 
doi:10.6018/ijes.13.2.185901 fatcat:yujrcikh3bel5ajl5tiow7bl34

Transformational Opportunities: Language and Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners in the Common Core Era in the United States

Amanda K. Kibler, Aída Walqui, George C. Bunch
2014 TESOL Journal  
era, a model that can inform both language arts and ESOL teachers as they move forward with curricular reform in their schools and districts.  ...  languages (ESOL) in the United States.  ... 
doi:10.1002/tesj.133 fatcat:ra5puakzejfxxks2gv7tuzjrfq

Criteria and Scale for Argumentation

Chamnong Kaewpet
2018 Theory and Practice in Language Studies  
It is added to the updated framework in this paper to keep up with advancements in the field.  ...  Writer's voice is not emphasized in the existing criteria but often discussed in recent publications on argumentation.  ...  In this sense, it is "not texts but rather people that cohere when understanding texts" (Lorenz, 1999, p. 2) .  ... 
doi:10.17507/tpls.0806.02 fatcat:6n4htphivjb4ldcav5dsidrh4u

Page 1208 of Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA Vol. 27, Issue 3 [page]

1993 Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts: LLBA  
Teacher- learner & learner-learner discourses carry messages that females are marginal in relation to male peers.  ...  (Dept Language Education U British Columbia, Vancouver V6T 1E5), Teaching Content Knowledge and ESOL in Multicultural Classrooms, TESOL Journal, 1992-1993, 2, 2, winter, 8-12. 1 Presented is a model systematically  ... 
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