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Lärka: From Language Learning Platform to Infrastructure for Research on Language Learning

Conference paper
Authors David Alfter
Lars Borin
Ildikó Pilán
Therese Lindström Tiedemann
Elena Volodina
Published in Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISBN 978-91-7685-034-3
ISSN 1650-3686
Publisher Linköping University Press
Place of publication Linköping
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Swedish
Language en
Keywords ICALL, Infrastructure, Language learning, Swedish, SweCLARIN
Subject categories Linguistics, Human Computer Interaction, Language Technology (Computational Linguistics), Computational linguistics


Lärka is an Intelligent Computer-Assisted Language Learning (ICALL) platform developed at Språkbanken, as a flexible and a valuable source of additional learning material (e.g. via corpusbased exercises) and a support tool for both teachers and L2 learners of Swedish and students of (Swedish) linguistics. Nowadays, Lärka is being adapted into a building block in an emerging second language research infrastructure within a larger context of the text-based research infrastructure developed by the national Swedish Language bank, Språkbanken, and SWE-CLARIN. Lärka has recently received a new responsive user interface adapted to different devices with different screen sizes. Moreover, the system has also been augmented with new functionalities. These recent additions aim at improving the usability and the usefulness of the platform for pedagogical purposes. The most important development, though, is the adaptation of the platform to serve as a component in an e-infrastructure supporting research on language learning and multilingualism. Thanks to Lärka’s service-oriented architecture, most functionalities are also available as web services which can be easily re-used by other applications.

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