Co-operation in the framework of a 4th dissemination year
(Nov 1, 1999 - Nov 1, 2000)

Working group 4: Recommendations and policy documents

Coordinator: Wim van Dommelen

Working group members:

funding name site e-mail previous
SCS Wim van Dommelen Trondheim - Norway PHON  
SCS Florien J. van Beinum Amsterdam - The Netherlands PHON  
SCS Wolfgang Hess Bonn - Germany PHON/SLE  
SCS Mircea Giurgiu Cluj - Romania SLE  
SCS Margareth Leahy (not coming to Praha) Dublin - Ireland SLT  
SCS Anu Klippi Helsinki - Finland SLT  
ACO Nicoletta Calzolari Pisa - Italy CL policy docs
ACO Andy Way Dublin - Ireland CL rec. on curr.
ACO Ivana Kruijff-Korbayova Praha - Czech Rep CL  
ACO Koenraad de Smedt Bergen - Norway CL student
ACO Paul Mc Kevitt Belfast - Northern Ireland CL  
ACO Joseph Bell Bergen - Norway NEL policy docs


Policy documents directed towards national and EU bodies

To be developed: General strategic policy documents directed towards national bodies (Ministries of Education, national ERASMUS committees etc.), EU bodies (SOCRATES etc.), and institutional leaders (rectors, deans, heads of department). Recommendations have to some extent been written for CL: at the end of each major chapter in ACO*HUM book, conclusions and recommendations are explicitly given.  Some recommendations are also present in the 3rd volume (red) of the SCS series.  All these recommendations should be merged and generalized to cover the whole field of NL & Speech.  Also, they should be translated to suggestions for political priorities with respect to educational and research policy. These strategic documents should also include recommendations for national bodies to intiate students awareness plans (see below).  The policy documents should be printed and distributed to the target bodies and should also be published on the web.  The texts should be written carefully and presented attractively. Also an overview should be produced of European AND national support programmes for international cooperation in education.

Recommendations on curricula

These have been developed within the Socrates TNPs but in various representations. Web presentations should be thought of and it would be nice if some common presentation type could be found. The latter is not essential however. For Phonetics and SLE, the curriculum recommendations include advice on books, software, etc. broadly used in Europe.


Student awareness plan

Coordinated by KOENRAAD DE SMEDT


The European language industries, as well as research projects in language and speech, are in acute need of more and higher qualified personnel. It seems that not enough students and prospective students are aware of the opportunities for studying human language technology. They neither know: Human language technology is an interdisciplinary and relatively new field which does not have a established place among traditional academic disciplines. It is not taught at secondary level at all, such that it remains unknown to many students.


Students and prospective students should be provided with good and easily graspable information to increase their awareness and their motivation for studying language and speech technology subjects.

The goal is therefore to formulate concrete recommendations for national educational authorities to spread awareness by providing teachers, students, and prospective students with the information outlined above.

The recommendation will have the form of a concrete plan consisting minimally of:

National authorities are expected to implement the plan by adapting it to various national or regional contexts (language, educational system, etc.) and carry out actions which directly target the intended audiences.