Evald 3.0 for Foreigners


EVALD 3.0 for Foreigners is a software for automatic evaluation of surface coherence (cohesion) in Czech texts written by non-native speakers of Czech (click here for EVALD 3.0 that is designed for native speakers of Czech). For more information, visit the project web pages.

The software is created for assessing the surface coherence of authentic writing samples (essays) written by non-native speakers of Czech. In other words, it is trained to evaluate prosaic texts whose content and form correspond to the common essays created as a comprehensive piece of writing on a given topic, e.g. during the Czech language exam. When evaluating a different type of text (poems, journalistic texts etc.), the software may not work reliably. The minimum length of the inserted text is 300 words – the shorter texts do not provide enough linguistic material on which the real level of the text can be observed. The evaluation of shorter texts may be thus inaccurate.
The evaluated texts can be used for scientific purposes, freely distributed and published.

Evaluating scale for surface text coherence:

A1basic user of Czech – lower level
A2basic user of Czech – higher level
B1independent user of Czech – lower level
B2independent user of Czech – higher level
C1proficient user of Czech – lower level
C2proficient user of Czech – higher level
Developed at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics (ÚFAL), Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, project Automatic Evaluation of Text Coherence in Czech (DG16P02B016).