Paper: Automatic Question Generation For Vocabulary Assessment

ACL ID H05-1103
Title Automatic Question Generation For Vocabulary Assessment
Venue Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2005

In the REAP system, users are automati- cally provided with texts to read targeted to their individual reading levels. To find ap- propriate texts, the user’s vocabulary knowledge must be assessed. We describe an approach to automatically generating questions for vocabulary assessment. Tra- ditionally, these assessments have been hand-written. Using data from WordNet, we generate 6 types of vocabulary ques- tions. They can have several forms, includ- ing wordbank and multiple-choice. We present experimental results that suggest that these automatically-generated ques- tions give a measure of vocabulary skill that correlates well with subject perform- ance on independently developed human- written questions. In addition, strong corre- lations with standardized vocabulary tests point to th...