A Reading Environment for Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language

John Lee, Chun Yin Lam, Shu Jiang


Abstract
We present a mobile app that provides a reading environment for learners of Chinese as a foreign language. The app includes a text database that offers over 500K articles from Chinese Wikipedia. These articles have been word-segmented; each word is linked to its entry in a Chinese-English dictionary, and to automatically-generated review exercises. The app estimates the reading proficiency of the user based on a “to-learn” list of vocabulary items. It automatically constructs and maintains this list by tracking the user’s dictionary lookup behavior and performance in review exercises. When a user searches for articles to read, search results are filtered such that the proportion of unknown words does not exceed a user-specified threshold.
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C16-2003
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Proceedings of COLING 2016, the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations
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December
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2016
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Osaka, Japan
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COLING
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The COLING 2016 Organizing Committee
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11–15
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