Paper: Teaching The English Tense: Integrating Naive And Formal Grammars In An Intelligent Tutor For Foreign Language Teaching

ACL ID E91-1026
Title Teaching The English Tense: Integrating Naive And Formal Grammars In An Intelligent Tutor For Foreign Language Teaching
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1991
Authors

A basic problem that must be dealt with in order to build an intelligent tutoring system (ITS) in the domain of foreign language teaching is that of establishing what kind of grammatical knowledge has to be included in the domain expert module. Two basic options are possible: (i) to use a naive or pedagogical grammar, comprising knowledge derived from textbooks and school grammars or (ii) to use one of the formal grammars developed by theoretical and computational linguists. The paper discusses the relationships between naive and formal grammars in foreign language teaching :and presents, as a case study, an attempt to integrate the two approaches within ET (English Tutor), an ITS aimed at helping Italian students master English verb usage. More particularly, the paper focuses on the possi...