A new study developed by the CODHUS team in the framework of the LEMI project (https://lemi.projects.uvt.ro/ro/), was presented at the conference “EUROCALL 2023 – International Conference of the European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning”, organised from 15 to 18 August 2023 in Reykjavik, Iceland, by the University of Iceland. The paper titled “Developing LEMI: A new corpus based literacy support tool for schoolchildren” (see excerpt from the presentation below) was designed by Roxana Rogobete, Alexandru Oravițan, Mădălina Chitez and Karla Csürös.
This study centres on the developing and testing stages of a literacy support tool dedicated to young schoolchildren. The LEMI tool is currently in development (since January 2023) at the CODHUS research centre (Centre for Corpus Related Digital Approaches to Humanities) from the West University of Timișoara, Romania. LEMI aims to stimulate interest in reading during the first individual and collective reading activities (ages 7-11). This purpose will be achieved by creating a digital reading repository with a user-friendly interface that verifies reading text complexity and delivers automatic reading-level reports to users. We use corpus linguistics methods to create a text complexity formula adapted to the Romanian language, which can be integrated into the automated complexity evaluation interface in LEMI. The necessity of such an instrument is motivated by the fact that, in Romania, there are increased rates of functional illiteracy and school dropout. We hypothesise that texts must be level-adapted (according to grade or readability) for schoolchildren to relate positively to reading activities. In the Romanian context, LEMI is the first digital tool wholly tailored to children’s literature, which complements national curricula and didactic materials provided to young children. Distinctively, LEMI responds to the need for easy-to-use tools to adapt reading individually, according to the reader’s profile. LEMI is a unique tool not only for Romanian but also for children’s literature in other languages. The functionalities of the LEMI pilot version will be tested with the partners involved in the project (three schools from Timiș county and an educational NGO).
Keywords: LEMI, literacy support tool, corpus based literacy tool, children’s literature repository, text complexity automatic assessment, text complexity in Romanian
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