In Oct. 2019, the Foreign Languages and Literature Department (FLLD) applied for an “AI and Computational Language and Linguistics Development Project”. The purpose of this application was twofold: firstly, to help the FLLD develop new courses that respond to the social and technological changes taking place in contemporary Taiwan and, secondly, to meet the ongoing challenges of student recruitment, faculty development, and government accreditation. The application was approved during the second application round in Dec. 2019 and implemented by a small team comprising the Department Chair Henk Vynckier and two other full time faculty-members, namely, Meihua Chen and Bruno Galmar.
The objectives of this project were:
1. To introduce computational and AI content in our existing courses, including language training courses.
2. To develop a new “AI and Computational Linguistics” course for FLLD majors.
3. To develop a new curriculum track consisting of three to five courses on Natural Language Processing and computational content for FLLD majors. The aim is to establish a new Computational Language and Linguistics Certificate. As the FLLD also has a new Minor Degree for non-FLLD majors, students from all over campus will be able to take these courses and obtain the certificate.
4. To organize a lecture series on “AI and Computational Education for Language Teachers and Learners”. The speakers are experts on AI, Computational Linguistics, and Digital Humanities and include both academic experts and IT professionals. The purpose is for FLLD faculty and students to gain more expertise in this rapidly developing field and create long-term linkages with researchers, consultants, and employers.
5. To serve as a key agent for AI and computational curriculum development and faculty research in the College of Arts. This is a more medium and long-term goal depending on collaboration with other departments.
The Foreign Languages and Literature Department (FLLD) seeks to engage with the social and technological changes taking place in contemporary Taiwan and equip itself better to meet the ongoing challenges of student recruitment, faculty development, and government accreditation. To this purpose, we propose an AI and Computational Language and Linguistics Development Project to be implemented by a small team comprising the Department Chair, three language and linguistics teachers, and one composition and literature teacher.
Problem Based Learning: AI and CL for Language Students This course aims to introduce students to AI and CL with the help of language and literature materials relevant to FLLD students; the main objective is to provide students with basic knowledge and have them undertake small group problem solving projects. Students will learn to leverage their present skills in language, linguistics and literature to brainstorm and solve simple to intermediary problems using learned AI and NLP theory and tools. Students will develop computational thinking and basic programming skills over the course of the semester. They will also be encouraged to use basic hardware platforms (for example, Raspberry Pi) for more creative projects.