Paper: Retrieval of Reading Materials for Vocabulary and Reading Practice

ACL ID W08-0910
Title Retrieval of Reading Materials for Vocabulary and Reading Practice
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2008
Authors

Finding appropriate, authentic reading mate- rials is a challenge for language instructors. The Web is a vast resource of texts, but most pagesarenotsuitableforreadingpractice,and commercialsearchenginesare not wellsuited to finding texts that satisfy pedagogical con- straintssuchasreadinglevel,length,textqual- ity, and presence of target vocabulary. We present a system that uses various language technologiesto facilitatethe retrieval and pre- sentation of authentic reading materials gath- ered from the Web. It is currentlydeployed in two English as a Second Languagecourses at the Universityof Pittsburgh.