Chinese Intelligent Language Learning (CHILL)

Using Grammar Engineering Models for Automated Error Detection

Main Events and Milestones:

(2022.05.13) Workshop at the Department of Asian Studies (UPOL):
I was happy to run a workshop entitled "Learner Treebanks: Building Richer Error Detection Models through Learner Corpora", where I covered some topics concerning the future direction of computer assisted language education. This workshop was hosted for colleagues from the Faculty of Arts. I discussed some previous work on the development and exploitation of learner corpora in automatic error-detection and the production of automatic corrective feedback. I've also discussed how my MSCA project aligned within these larger goals. I was happy to have participants from different departments, and also from UPOL's
Language Learning Center and UPLift. I was particularly happy to have met Dr. Silvie Válková, from UPOL's Language Learning Center, with whom I discussed potential lines of collaboration in the near future.

(2022.03.17) MSCA seminar for future supervisors of MSCA Fellows (UPOL/MUNI): :
I took part in an online seminar looking to promote Postdoctoral Fellowships within the context of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The workshop's main goal was to coach potential future supervisors of MSCA Postdoctoral Fellows (MSCA PF) on best practices and on what to expect from the process (from ideation to supervision of MSCA PF projects). The workshop was a joint effort between Masaryk University and Palacký University Olomouc. I participated, with Joanna Sio (my supervisor), to provide a successful example on how to approach MSCA PFs by sharing our experience.

(2022.03.02) Leadership skills for Researchers (Czech Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association):
I attended a workshop entitled 'Leadership skills for researchers', organized by the Czech Chapter of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. The workshop was led by Radka Pittnerová, targeting specifically current and alumni MSCA researchers, and discussed essential tools and concepts related to leadership and HR management, preparing researchers who wished to pursue their academic career by setting up their own research lab.

(2022.01.19-20) Invited talk at the International Forum on Education of the English Language and Literature in the New Normal Era (INU):

I had the privilege of being invited to attend and give an invited talk at the International Forum on Education of the English Language and Literature in the New Normal Era. This international forum was organized by the Department of English Language and Literature, Incheon National University (INU). The forum's central topic was on the recognition of the need to define new goals and use new methodologies for teaching language at university level, with particular interest in English. My talk was entitled "Learner Treebanks. Building Richer Error Detection Models through Learner Corpora". This talk summarized some of my previous research, and motivated the current direction of my MSCA project -- presenting computational grammars as invaluable resources for computer assisted language education.

(2021.12.27) Meeting with Assist. Prof. Hugo Cardoso (U.Lisbon): :
I met Dr. Hugo Cardoso in Lisbon. Dr. Cardoso is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the Grammar & Resources research cluster at CLUL, School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon. We explored common research interests and discussed the possibility of future collaboration (both during and after my MSCA). Dr. Cardoso's research revolves around Portuguese-based creoles of Asia since 2004, which is aligned with my work on Kristang (a Portuguese-based creole spoken mostly in Malaysia and Singapore). We discussed the possibility of writing up an ERC grant looking into language documentation/revitalization, as well as other future employment opportunities in Portugal (e.g. through the "Concurso Estímulo ao Emprego Científico", funded by the Portuguese National Research Foundation). We will follow up on these plans and, when possible, schedule another visit to the U.Lisbon.

(2021.11.01) The official start of my MSCA project (UPOL):
I officially started my MSCA project. I was welcomed by the Department of Asian Studies, at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc. My spacious office is located at třída Svobody 26, in a recently renovated building hosting several departments of the Faculty of Arts. This building also hosts the Sinophone Borderlands project (SINOFON) -- a large interdisciplinary project looking at cultural, political and linguistic interactions between China and its neighbors. I share my office with Sedláková Renáta -- a SINOFON media sociologist focused on analyzing the representation of minority groups in the media.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No.101028782.