Pasquale Esposito

Curriculum vitæ
He graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures in 2020 at the University of Salerno with a grade of 110 with honors. He presented a thesis in English linguistics and second language learning entitled ‘learning at the ballpark’: a proposal for language acquisition through the sport-based input”. The work is an in- depth analysis consequent to the research conducted for the bachelor’s degree. It is also the product of a steady interest towards the main features of the language of sport. During the following years, he has studied programming languages and the fundamental tools of the Natural Language Processing. In April 2021 he founded the Ball 4: talk! project which aims to create online materials for English language learning by taking advantage of salient features of language in sports’ contexts.

Miriam Voghera

Research project

Title: “The Natural language processing for second language learning: programming and development of a personal learning environment”

PNRR project: Models for a linguistic educational infrastructure

The project aims to develop an interdisciplinary perspective able to integrate the field of second language acquisition and behavioral psychology through the application of dual process theory to the field of SLA. The intent is to investigate the behavior of the scheme based on implicit and explicit cognitive involvement in linguistic comprehension and acquisition with the aim of developing a computer-based learning environment based on progressive and steady customization. The software will have the necessary functions to decrease the incidence of "noise" and facilitate access to information with strategies of support towards comprehension. This will be possible through the enhancement intervention against the elements that compromise cognitive fluidity and generate overload to work memories. The goal and innovation lie in the intervention of personalization of the work environment and in the extension of the use to a network of users whose progress and feedback will become elements of support and prediction for the peer-to-peer learning. The guidelines of the PNRR project foresee the construction of a reproducible model of training infrastructure that connects multiple schools and responds to the training needs of teachers and students in order to enhance the quality of second language teaching. The final product of the research will be submitted to school use and the data deriving from the use will be subjected to analysis for the following development of the software.