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Using LARA for language learning: a pilot study for Icelandic

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
Author BédiBranislav, ChuaCathy, HabibiHanieh, Martinez-LopezRuth, RaynerManny,
Project A Crowdsourcing Platform for Spoken CALL Content
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Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Title of proceedings CALL and complexity – short papers from EUROCALL 2019
Place Louvain la Neuve, Belgium

Open Access

Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)


This paper presents a brief overview of LARA (Learning And Reading Assistant), an open source online tool that has been under development since summer 2018. LARA currently contains a corpus of about 25 texts in ten languages and a crowdsourcing model used to expand the corpus. The central goal is to provide support for improving second language (L2) reading comprehension. The focus here is on the development of Icelandic content and its use during pilot testing amongst adult L2 learners of Icelandic. Preliminary feedback from users, while mostly positive, contained suggestions on how the tool might be improved.