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Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad

Estival, Dominique, Henderson, John, Laughren, Mary, Mollá, Diego, Bow, Catherine, Nordlinger, Rachel, Rieschild, Verna, Schalley, Andrea C., Stanley, Alexander W. and Mrowa-Hopkins, Colette (2013). Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad. In: ACL 2013: 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing, Sofia, Bulgaria, 4-9 August 2013.

Document type: Conference Paper

IRMA ID 84373604xPUB49
Author Estival, Dominique
Henderson, John
Laughren, Mary
Mollá, Diego
Bow, Catherine
Nordlinger, Rachel
Rieschild, Verna
Schalley, Andrea C.
Stanley, Alexander W.
Mrowa-Hopkins, Colette
Title Learning from OzCLO, the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad
Conference Name ACL 2013: 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing
Conference Location Sofia, Bulgaria
Conference Dates 4-9 August 2013
Conference Publication Title ACL 2013: 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Teaching Natural Language Processing
Place of Publication Stroudsburg, PA, USA
Publisher Association of Computational Linguistics
Publication Year 2013
ISBN 9781937284695   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 35
End Page 41
Total Pages 7
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzCLO) started in 2008 in only two locations and has since grown to a nationwide competition with almost 1500 high school students participating in 2013. An Australian team has participated in the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO) every year since 2009. This paper describes how the competition is run (with a regional First Round and a final National Round) and the organisation of the competition (a National Steering Committee and Local Organising Committees for each region) and discusses the particular challenges faced by Australia (timing of the competition and distance between the major population centres). One major factor in the growth and success of OzCLO has been the introduction of the online competition, allowing participation of students from rural and remote country areas. The organisation relies on the good-will and volunteer work of university and school staff but the strong interest among students and teachers shows that OzCLO is responding to a demand for linguistic challenges.
 
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