Reading Assistance through LARA, the learning and Reading Assistant

Elham Akhlaghi, Ingibjörg Iða Auðunardóttir, Branislav Bédi, Hakeem Beedar , Harald Berthelsen, Cathy Chua, Catia Cucchiarini, Brynjarr Eyjólfsson, Nedelina Ivanova, Christele Maizonniaux, Neasa Ní Chiaráin, Manny Rayner, John Sloan, Sigurður Vigfús, Ghil’ad Zuckermann

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We present an overview of LARA, the Learning And Reading Assistant, an open source platform for easy creation and use of multimedia annotated texts designed to support the improvement of reading skills. The paper is divided into three parts. In the first, we give a brief summary of LARA’s processing. In the second, we describe some generic functionality specially relevant for reading assistance: support for phonetically annotated texts, support for image-based texts, and integrated production of text-to-speech (TTS) generated audio. In the third, we outline some of the larger projects so far carried out with LARA, involving development of content for learning second and foreign (L2) languages such as Icelandic, Farsi, Irish, Old Norse and the Australian Aboriginal language Barngarla, where the issues involved overlap with those that arise when trying to help students improve first-language (L1) reading skills. All software and almost all content is freely available
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the LREC 2022 workshop on Tools and Resources with REAding DIfficulties (READI)
EditorsRodrigo Wilkens, David Alfter, Rémi Cardon, Núria Gala
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546849
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
EventLanguage Resources and Evaluation Conference - Marseille, France
Duration: 20 Jun 202225 Jun 2022

Publication series

Name2nd Workshop on Tools and Resources for REAding DIfficulties, READI 2022 - collocated with the International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, LREC 2022


ConferenceLanguage Resources and Evaluation Conference
Abbreviated titleLREC 2022


  • CALL
  • evaluation
  • open source
  • reading
  • multimodality


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