Automating question generation and marking of language learning exercises for isiZulu

Gilbert, Nikhil and Keet, C. Maria (2018) Automating question generation and marking of language learning exercises for isiZulu, Proceedings of 6th International Workshop on Controlled Natural language (CNL'18)., 27-28 August 2018, Co. Kildare, Ireland, 304, 31-40, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town, IOS Press.

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Increase in isiZulu language learning is hampered by the predominantly manual approach to creating and marking homework and test exercises. Extant computer-assisted language learning platforms cannot handle the intricacies of agglutination in isiZulu and related languages. We seek to address this by designing a controlled natural language-based exercise generator and marker for isiZulu. This consists of question and answer sentence templates for exercise types, reusable algorithm snippets as grammar library, a small corpus of words and sentences to be used by the system, a constrained sentence generator to combine the right type of words, and finally the exercise creation and automated marking system. The preliminary evaluation shows encouraging results.

Item Type: Conference paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: isiZulu, Natural language generation, eLearning
Subjects: Social and professional topics > Professional topics > Computing education
Applied computing > Document management and text processing
Software and its engineering
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Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2018
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 15:31

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