Mathias Schulze

Mathias Schulze
San Diego State University | SDSU · Language Acquisition Resource Center

Diplomlehrer, PhD
Co-editor of Unterrichtspraxis / Teaching German (the journal of the American Association of Teachers of German)

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Introduction
I have been working on applying Complexity Theory and Activity Theory to measuring / modelling second language development in online language learning (proficiency development, grammar, corrective feedback) and now to concept-based instruction. My secondary research interest is the research and development of online language courses. I am coordinating a project whose aim is the telling of the story and the stories of the German immigrants to Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada.
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - present
San Diego State University
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2017 - present
San Diego State University
Position
  • Professor
September 2001 - August 2017
University of Waterloo
Position
  • Professor
Education
January 1996 - July 2001
UMIST
Field of study
  • Language Engineering
November 1985 - July 1990
Pädagogische Hochschule Leipzig
Field of study
  • Teaching Degree for German and Russian Languages and Literatures

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Processes of learner-­‐computer interaction are complex because a number of actors—learners, instructors, and L1 speakers—and components—computational hardware and software—participate in them and there are a community and multiple components that influence them, e.g., other learning materials, linguistic artefacts, and educational institutions, in...
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‘Sometimes maligned for its allegedly behaviorist connotations but critical for success in many fields from music to sport to mathematics and language learning, practice is undergoing something of a revival in the applied linguistics literature’ (Long & Richards 2007, p. xi). This research timeline provides a systematic overview of the contribution...
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The application of techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI) to CALL has commonly been referred to as Intelligent CALL (ICALL). ICALL is only slightly older than the CALICO Journal, and this paper looks back at a quarter century of published research mainly in North America and by North American scholars. This 'inventory-taking' will provide a b...
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The choice of grammatical framework in ICALL – the branch of CALL that applies artificial intelligence techniques – has important implications for both research and development. Matthews (1993) argued for one ‘that potentially meshes with SLA (second language acquisition)’ (p. 5) and sketches three criteria that facilitate the crucial decision of s...
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The first issue of the 32nd volume of CALICO Journal marks a new beginning. This issue is the first available exclusively through Equinox Publishing (http://www.equinoxpub.com/home/journals/calico). The CALICO Journal was first published by CALICO in 1983 – which makes it the publication on CALL with the longest pedigree. The Journal appeared onlin...
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Currently there is a push toward offering more language courses online because they can provide students with new forms of social and learning interaction, widen their access to education, and offer an individualized learning experience in large classes. Little research exists examining how students transition between online and on-campus language...
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Recent research in digital game-based language learning has been encouraging, yet it would benefit from research methods that focus on the gaming processes and second-language development (Larsen-Freeman, 2015) rather than learner/player reflection or individuals’ beliefs about the validity of gameplay. This has proven challenging as research metho...
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Complexity-theoretical approaches in Applied Linguistics are relatively new, but they hold great promise as an integrative (meta-)theory, provide new ways of hypothesizing about and conceptualizing the complex phenomena of language use and (second) language development, and also require different data gathering and analytical methods. This chapter...
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With this thematic issue on replication studies in CALL, we would like to draw attention to the importance of looking back both in CALL research and the development of learning technology. Replicating CALL research and evaluating (commercialized) language-learning tools, software, systems, and environments afford engagement with past findings, outc...
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In language courses, students submit more and more outcomes of their text production tasks to discussion boards, dropboxes, blogs, and wikis. We are testing automating certain components of the feedback learners need to receive, by scoring the proficiency level as displayed in the individual student's text. Proficiency development manifests itself...
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Based on the principle that effective and sustainable CALL research requires multiple perspectives that emerge from empirical data collection and analysis using a mixed-method approach, the purpose of this symposium is to discuss data and elicitation methods of interaction-based research. The first part of the discussion will be dedicated to theore...
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Why would anybody consider the role of number-crunching machines when it comes to the discussion of curricular questions in the context of an academic discipline that studies German language, (often a limited range of exclusively canonical) literature, culture, and cultural history in the twenty-first century? Yet the relevance of such a question i...
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It is with great pleasure that we present issue 29(3) of the CALICO Journal . It contains eight research articles, the first Spotlight article, one book review (Leakey, 2011) and one software review ( E-Tutor , an ICALL web-based courseware for German).
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email] mschulze@uwaterloo.ca [Word Count] 2216 [Reference Word Count] 1774 In computer-assisted language learning (CALL), a learner model is a computational data structure that contains information about individual students and thus facilitates individualized instruction through the adaptation of a language learning system to the learner. Based on...
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This chapter provides a historical overview of ICALL over the last decade by focusing on two key areas: resources for the language learning classroom and resources for the researcher. With respect to resources for the language-learning classroom, we discuss and link ICALL developments to contemporary theories in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) by...
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We discuss the development of courseware in a virtual learning environment for a university- level, German as a foreign language writing course. We view both the language learning of students in this hybrid course and the development as activity systems (Engeström, 1987; Mwanza & Engeström, 2005), describe the individual components of each system i...
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This paper addresses several components of successful language-learning methodologies—group work, task-based instruction, and wireless computer technologies—and examines how the interplay of these three was perceived by students in a second-year university foreign-language course. The technology component of our learning design plays a central role...
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This book provides the first comprehensive overview of theoretical issues, historical developments and current trends in ICALL (Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning). It assumes a basic familiarity with Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory and teaching, CALL and linguistics. It is of interest to upper undergraduate and/or graduate st...
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The Geroline project comprised the development of and research for two elementary and one intermediate German language courses which are delivered online for university-level distance education. The course materials include a commercially produced textbook package and our online materials which constitute a task-based learning environment by provid...
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Attempting to understand and to capture the complex and dynamic nature of language learning processes is a non-trivial task for researchers in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). After sketching major developments in SLA and student modeling for Intelligent CALL—the intersection of Artficial Intelligenc...
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The Canadian Modern Language Review / La revue canadienne des langues vivantes 62.4 (2006) 644-647 Planning and Task Performance in a Second Language is based on a colloquium presented at AILA 2002. In chapter 1, Ellis reviews the research on planning and task-based performance. He distinguishes pre-task planning (rehearsal or strategic planning) a...
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This essay provides a snapshot of the change of the German language in the more than fifteen years since the Unification Treaty. It focusses mainly on lexical change and discusses different processes and trends in language change. In addition to certain East German words becoming obsolete in the united Germany, words 'travelling' from East to West...
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This paper provides examples of student modeling techniques that have been employed in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) over the past decade. We further discuss two of our own systems and show how different types of CALL programs can, nonetheless, share similar conceptual designs of a student model. First, we describe the German Tutor, an...
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This article discusses selected theoretical aspects of providing error feedback for language learners. The discussion focuses on feedback for grammatical errors, but many of its tenets appear to be of broader relevance. The theoretical considerations concerning the dialog with the learner about linguistic errors are discussed and some conclusions f...
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Fall als Zu-Fall? Verbvalenz und Kasusmarkierung Die vorliegende Diskussion von Valenz konzentriert sich auf die morpho-syntaktische Markierung der Verbargumente (Nominal-und Präpositionalphrasen). Dieser Fokus ergab sich im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts, in dem eine Parsergrammatik für das Deutsche entwickelt wurde. Dieser Parser ist das 'lingui...
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Authenticity of language learning tasks, authenticity of learning experiences and the use of authentic language are important characteristics of commu-nicative language teaching and learning. In this article, ways of achieving productive use of authentic language in a computer-assisted language learn-ing environment are discussed. This discussion c...
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This paper sketches the place and function of grammar in the context of language learning in general and attempts to show the relevance and usefulness of these formal concepts of grammar to Computer-Assisted Language Learning in particular. The approach to grammar described here will be illustrated through a brief discussion of a grammar checker fo...
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This paper discusses selected theories of Second Language Acquisition and their implications for developing a CALL tool for learners of German — `Textana'. Textana was planned as a generic text production tool, i.e. it was meant to provide help to learners in outlining, editing and post-editing texts in their foreign language, German (Schulze, 1997...
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This paper reports on the fast, exploratory, phase of a CALL project for German. The project endeavours to combine experience in the fields of traditional CALL and hypertext applications with the approach of the theory of formulating. The aim is to produce a package that will enable students of German to develop their reading and writing skills, an...
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Abstract The collective variables complexity, accuracy, and fluency have been used in second language acquisition (SLA) research to operationalize proficiency of language learners. Given the multifaceted nature of these variables, they are difficult to conceptualizeand measure. In this paper, we focus on the measures for linguistic complexity and p...
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A] Introduction The title of this chapter gives rise to a two-part question: What is Intelligent CALL (ICALL) and what does it have to do with task-based language teaching (TBLT)? I will address this main question and focus on a number of subordinate and related issues such as: What kind of ICALL projects have relied on a task-based design? How was...

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