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EBSN Conference in Valladolid Highlights iRead4Skills Project

The European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) Conference in Valladolid, June 26th – 28th, showcased a dynamic range of presentations and discussions, with a notable highlight being the introduction of the iRead4Skills project by Raquel Amaro from NOVA University Lisbon. This conference served as a key platform for sharing innovative solutions aimed at improving basic skills and literacy across Europe.

The EBSN Conference brought together a diverse group of professionals, including educators, researchers, and policymakers, all focused on enhancing adult learning and literacy.

Raquel Amaro, the coordinator of the iRead4Skills project, delivered a compelling presentation that captivated the audience. Her talk, titled “iRead4Skills: Merging Technology and Culture for Basic Skills Development,” emphasized the innovative approach of using technology to enhance reading skills among adults.

Amaro outlined the main objectives of iRead4Skills, which include providing an open-access intelligent system that evaluates text complexity and suggests appropriate readings based on the user’s literacy level. This system is designed to assist trainers and text producers in creating or adapting texts to match the appropriate level of complexity for learners.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Intelligent Text Evaluation: The system analyzes the complexity of texts and offers suitable reading materials tailored to individual literacy levels.
  • Multilingual Support: iRead4Skills operates in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, making it accessible to a broad audience.
  • Support for Trainers and Educators: By providing tools to create or adapt educational materials, the project supports educators in delivering more effective instruction.

Future Directions Looking ahead, iRead4Skills aims to expand its reach and impact by:

  • Scaling to Different Languages and Domains: The project’s adaptability ensures it can meet diverse educational needs.
  • Enhancing Job Market Flexibility: By improving literacy skills, the project supports workers in adapting to the changing job market.
  • Promoting Well-being through Literacy: Access to knowledge and culture enhances societal well-being and promotes lifelong learning.

The EBSN Conference in Valladolid was a significant event, highlighting the progress and potential of the iRead4Skills project. Raquel Amaro’s presentation reaffirmed the importance of merging technology and culture to develop fundamental skills, paving the way for a more inclusive and literate Europe.

iRead4Skills Shines in Oxford: Literacy Support Innovations Showcased at International Conference

At a landmark event for the academic community and education professionals, the 10th International Conference of New Findings in Humanities and Social Sciences, held at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, was highlighted by the announcement of two significant works developed within the iRead4Skills project.

Ricardo Monteiro and Michell Moutinho, researchers from NOVA FCSH – CLUNL, presented the study titled “Textual Complexity Descriptors for Low Literacy Adults: A New Set Created for the iRead4Skills Project”. This work represents a significant step in making literacy support more accessible and effective for adults with low literacy, leveraging the innovative work carried out through the iRead4Skills project.

In an equally highlighted moment of the conference, Maria Leonor Reis, also a researcher at iRead4Skills (NOVA FCSH – CLUNL), presented the paper “Towards Intelligent Literacy Support: Building the iRead4Skills European Portuguese Corpus”. The presentation marks a significant milestone in the journey to enhance literacy support through technology.

Both works demonstrate the iRead4Skills project’s commitment to leading by example in integrating technology into literacy support, highlighting the crucial role of educational research and innovation. The iRead4Skills team extends a special thank you to the conference’s Scientific Committee for recognizing the importance of their work and providing the platform to share their findings.

These advancements are a testament to the iRead4Skills team’s ongoing effort to make education more inclusive and accessible to all.

Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.

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