Computational Linguistics (LC) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) help address the central challenges of the Digital School by offering new teaching tools and teaching and learning methodologies based on cutting-edge technologies.

Methods, tools and techniques developed at the Cnr-Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli” can be applied in several areas:

  • teaching;
  • learning;
  • digital school publishing.


CNR-ILC‘s initiatives and pilot projects carried out in collaboration with universities, research institutes and schools of different order and grade levels highlight the strong innovative potential of Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies in the educational field.

The beneficiaries are teachers and students, as well as digital school publishers and companies engaged in the development of platforms for the generation, use and distribution of educational content.

The innovative potential of NLP in addressing the new scientific and technological challenges related to education therefore has an impact on teaching and learning processes, particularly in these areas:

  • evaluation of learning processes and their evolution;
  • creation of customised learning paths;
  • language teaching within multilingual contexts;
  • use of LC resources and technologies for teaching classical languages.

CNR-ILC has collaborated with the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research (INDIRE), a reference point for educational research in Italy, and with several educational institutions, including:

CNR-ILC is a partner in the CIRCE project which aims to investigate how accent discrimination takes place in schools, and how it impacts pupils’ life.

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