Opportunities for Natural Language Processing Research in Education

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Abstract

This paper discusses emerging opportunities for natural language processing (NLP) researchers in the development of educational applications for writing, reading and content knowledge acquisition. A brief historical perspective is provided, and existing and emerging technologies are described in the context of research related to content, syntax, and discourse analyses. Two systems, e-rater® and Text Adaptor, are discussed as illustrations of NLP-driven technology. The development of each system is described, as well as how continued development provides significant opportunities for NLP research.