Henry Lin


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Syntactic and Lexical Approaches to Reading Comprehension
Henry Lin
Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Natural Language Processing Techniques for Educational Applications

Among the challenges of teaching reading comprehension in K – 12 are identifying the portions of a text that are difficult for a student, comprehending major critical ideas, and understanding context-dependent polysemous words. We present a simple, unsupervised but robust and accurate syntactic method for achieving the first objective and a modified hierarchical lexical method for the second objective. Focusing on pinpointing troublesome sentences instead of the overall readability and on concepts central to a reading, we believe these methods will greatly facilitate efforts to help students improve reading skills