Continuous fluency tracking and the challenges of varying text complexity

Beata Beigman Klebanov, Anastassia Loukina, John Sabatini, Tenaha O’Reilly


Abstract
This paper is a preliminary report on using text complexity measurement in the service of a new educational application. We describe a reading intervention where a child takes turns reading a book aloud with a virtual reading partner. Our ultimate goal is to provide meaningful feedback to the parent or the teacher by continuously tracking the child’s improvement in reading fluency. We show that this would not be a simple endeavor, due to an intricate relationship between text complexity from the point of view of comprehension and reading rate.
Anthology ID:
W17-5003
Volume:
Proceedings of the 12th Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Month:
September
Year:
2017
Address:
Copenhagen, Denmark
Venues:
BEA | WS
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SIGEDU
Publisher:
Association for Computational Linguistics
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Pages:
22–32
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https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/W17-5003
DOI:
10.18653/v1/W17-5003
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