Training School Text Quality Assessment

Training School on Text Quality Assessment: Current Digital Methods and Rating Practices

Call for Trainees

We are pleased to announce you the European COST training school on Text Quality Assessment to be held in Z├╝rich, Switzerland from 10 to 12 April 2019.
The main objective is to bring together a group of international PhD students & Post-doc researchers and introduce them to the ways in which multiple perspectives interact in the research of and practice of Quantitative Methods in Text Quality Assessment. By bringing together experts and junior researchers, we hope to support and further stimulate research in the domain of Literacy and Text Quality Assessment. The ELN COST Action offers a grant for 6 trainees (young researchers). A competitive selection will be in place.


It is our intention to gather a small group of about 25 junior researchers in the domain of quantitative text quality research. The main objectives of this TS include the following: 
  • The trainees gain insight in corpus-based methods for assessing text quality.
  • The trainees apply rating procedures for assessing text quality especially in dealing with multilingual and L2 settings.
  • The trainees reflect the contribution of the two methods to a differentiated assessment of literacy skills and discuss pedagogical implications for the promotion of literacy.
  • The trainees carry out corpus and statistical analyses for assessing text quality and reflect on challenges when dealing with multilingual data and data from L2 learners.


10-12 April 2019


Important Dates 
  • DEADLINE application for travel grant: 16th March 2019
  • DEADLINE for Registration: 30th March 2019


Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Applied Linguistics


A maximum of 25 trainees will be accepted.  
  • PhD students  
  • Post docs + maximum 10 years  


There is no participation fee, trainees can apply for a travel grant.

Grant Opportunity 

The ELN COST Action offers 6 grants of € 600 in order to support the travel and accommodation of 6 trainees. Selection of participants will be made on the basis of the submitted information and the statement of how attending the training school will benefit the participant and their home research group. 
Note: in order to be eligible for reimbursement, trainees ought to be from a COST country ( According to the COST policy promoting European networking (mobility and exchanges), a trainee cannot apply for a grant for a training school occurring in her/his own country.


University of Barcelona, Spain
Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland


Please email  

You are asked to provide the following information:
  • Identification: name, university etc.
  • Motivation: A letter of interest 
  • Research description: A short description of your (planned) research project(s)
  • A preliminary travel budget
For PhD-students: Ask your supervisor or laboratory-department director to  mail  us  a  letter of recommendation to support your application:  

We will then take you through the registration process.


Wednesday, 10th of April
Room: SF 02.23

09:00 - 09:30: Registration
09:30 - 10:30: Introduction and expectations by Liana Konstantinidou & Noah Bubenhofer
10:30 - 11.00: Approaches to evaluation of text quality (Part I) by Liliana Tolchinsky
11:00 - 11:15: Coffee break
11:15 - 12:15: Approaches to evaluation of text quality (Part II) by Liliana Tolchinsky
12:15 - 13:30: Lunch
13:30 - 15:30: Introduction to tools and measures by Selena Calleri & Elsa Liste Lamas
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00: Hands on training: Introduction to tools and basic set up (Part I) by Noah Bubenhofer & Selena Calleri
19:00: Social Dinner

Thursday, 11th of April
Room: SF 02.23
09:00 - 10:30: Issues at compiling child language and L2 Corpora by Melina Aparici
10:30 - 10:45: Coffee break
10:45 - 12:15: Group discussion: Language specific issues related to tools and measurements
12:15 - 13:30: Lunch
13:30 - 15:00: Hands on training and individual coaching: How do I work with my texts? (Part I)
15:00 - 15:30: Coffee break
15:30 - 17:00: Rating practices by Liana Konstantinidou
17:00: City tour in Zurich

Friday, 12th of April
Room: SF 02.23
09:00 - 10:30: Illustrating coding and analyses: The case of text structure by Hugo Vilar Weber
10:30 - 10:45: Coffee break
10:45 - 12:45: Hands on training and individual coaching: How do I work with my texts? (Part II)
12:45 - 13:00: Wrap-up by Liana Konstantinidou

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