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Pages: 717-724
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-616-8412-0
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain

EVALUATION AND COMPARISON OF READABILITY INDEXES FOR EFL READERS

D. Picca1, P. Angelino2

1University of Lausanne (SWITZERLAND)
2EPFL (SWITZERLAND)
Automatic readability formulas have a long tradition in computational linguistics and psychology. Research on readability formulas date back to the 1970s and they aim at finding better ways to catch textual complexity and comprehension for native English speakers. Readability measures try to predict the comprehension difficulty associated to a text in order to support educators in finding better pedagogical material and presentations.

Nonetheless, readability formulas can intuitively be used in order to classify texts for those students who are not native English speakers but want to learn it. Until recently little attention has been paid to whether it is appropriate to apply these tools outside the native English contexts in which the formulas were originally developed. In this paper we want to enhance the research in this field exploring the contributions that scholars have done so far and successively, we contribute to expand research on readability formulas' accuracy for EFL framing and comparing our work with the previous studies in this field. After having examined the state of the art in the field , we introduce the framework of our experiment. Successively we show some results and we conclude with some thoughts and prospectives on results's analysis.
@InProceedings{PICCA2014EVA,
author = {Picca, D. and Angelino, P.},
title = {EVALUATION AND COMPARISON OF READABILITY INDEXES FOR EFL READERS},
series = {8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2014 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-616-8412-0},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {10-12 March, 2014},
year = {2014},
pages = {717-724}}
TY - CONF
AU - D. Picca AU - P. Angelino
TI - EVALUATION AND COMPARISON OF READABILITY INDEXES FOR EFL READERS
SN - 978-84-616-8412-0/2340-1079
PY - 2014
Y1 - 10-12 March, 2014
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2014 Proceedings
SP - 717
EP - 724
ER -
D. Picca, P. Angelino (2014) EVALUATION AND COMPARISON OF READABILITY INDEXES FOR EFL READERS, INTED2014 Proceedings, pp. 717-724.
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