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Developing an adaptive diagnostic vocabulary/grammar test for Swedish (2016)

Developing an adaptive diagnostic vocabulary/grammar test for Swedish

Goal

Implement an adaptive diagnostic test for vocabulary and/or grammar for Swedish, based on Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research and frequency statistics available from the COCTAILL corpus.


Background

The currently developed application Lärka, www.spraakbanken.gu.se/larka, is intended for computer-assisted language learning of L2 Swedish. Lärka generates a number of exercises based on corpora available through Korp. Attempts are being made to align generated exercises with CEFR proficiency scales (http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/Source/Framework_en.pdf). The actual users, however, may not know their level when they start working with the exercise generator. It is therefore important (and user-friendly) to offer some sort of placement/diagnostic test for those who may need it.


Some examples of existing diagnostic tests for vocabulary are:


Problem description

The aims of this work are the following:

  • to study literature on diagnostic testing for different language skills and competences that are relevant for the CEFR;
  • to find out about other “actors” dealing with CEFR-based tests for Swedish, especially for placement/diagnosis; as a result, to suggest a format for a placement test for one or (better) a range of language skills and competences mentioned in the CEFR
  • to implement the suggested test(s) in the form of web services that can be embedded into Lärka platform (+ eventually develop the user interface module for that). Here it would be interesting, for example, to see formats where free answers could be provided and scored
  • evaluate/test on users (language learners, teachers, linguists, etc.)


Recommended skills:

  • Python
  • interest in Lexical Semantics


Supervisor(s)

  • Elena Volodina, Ildiko Pilan
  • potentially others from Språkbanken
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