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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.

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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