Paper: Automated Content Scoring of Spoken Responses in an Assessment for Teachers of English

ACL ID W13-1709
Title Automated Content Scoring of Spoken Responses in an Assessment for Teachers of English
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2013
Authors

This paper presents and evaluates approaches to automatically score the content correctness of spoken responses in a new language test for teachers of English as a foreign language who are non-native speakers of English. Most ex- isting tests of English spoken proficiency elic- it responses that are either very constrained (e.g., reading a passage aloud) or are of a pre- dominantly spontaneous nature (e.g., stating an opinion on an issue). However, the assess- ment discussed in this paper focuses on essen- tial speaking skills that English teachers need in order to be effective communicators in their classrooms and elicits mostly responses that fall in between these extremes and are moder- ately predictable. In order to automatically score the content accuracy of these spoken re-...