HEIFT, Trude

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Trude Heift is Professor of Linguistics and German in the Department of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University. Her primary research interests are Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Applied and Computational Linguistics. Current projects include the design as well as the evaluation of pedagogical aspects of Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems - computer learning environments for second language learning that make use of Natural Language Processing and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. Her work has been extensively funded by SSHRC (2003-2006, 2007-2010, 2010-2013) and has appeared in journals such as Modern Language Journal, Language Learning & Technology, System, Computer Assisted Language Learning, ReCALLand CALICO. Together with her colleague M. Schulze (University of Waterloo), she also published a monograph entitled Errors and Intelligence in Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Parsers and Pedagogues (Routledge, ISBN 0415361915, 2007). In 2007, she received the Dean's Medal for academic excellence in research, teaching, and service.

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Linguistics Department, Simon Fraser University,, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, V5A1S6
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Trude Heift's primary research interests are in Computer-Assisted Language Learning, bridging applied and computational linguistics. She explores the design as well as the evaluation of Intelligent Language Tutoring Systems (ILTSs) - computer environments for second language learning that make use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. From a second language acquisition (SLA) and CALL perspective, she focuses on studies of human-computer interaction (e.g., navigation patterns, learner strategies and responses within intelligent systems, learner and task variables), corrective feedback and error analysis. From a computational point of view, she is interested in the automatic analysis of learner language and learner modeling. Most of her SLA and CALL software usability studies are carried out with The etutor, an online learning system for German that is used for L2 instruction at the university level. The system consists of a robust parsing system with a Head Phrase Structure Grammar (HPSG). The ILTS provides error-specific learner feedback by performing a linguistic analysis of learner input. In addition, it contains an open learner model that also adjusts and modulates feedback suited to learner expertise by considering individualized help options.