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Children in the age range 7-11 develop as independent readers: they learn to appreciate written stories to a greater degree, and develop their skills in understanding the main themes and sequence of events within a narrative. Yet, many 7-11 year olds do not develop these abilities and are classed as poor text comprehenders. These difficulties with reading comprehension are also often apparent in children with hearing impairments.
The TERENCE ALS fosters reasoning about events in a story and their relations through specific smart games. The aim of TERENCE is thus to encourage a deeper understanding of story texts, and to encourage a desire to read to children in this age category. The system implements an authoring tool for generating semi-automatically smart games from any text, stories in particular, by mixing a natural language processing module and an automated reasoning module. The design of the system uses the user centred design and the evidence based design. Crucial to the design of the system are the cyclical evaluations with experts and users.
To this end, schools in UK and Italy are involved in the evaluations since the very beginning of the project. TERENCE offers thus a unique, innovative solution to tackling the text comprehension problems of children. In this manner the project aims at contributing to their development as adolescents.
The usability and effectiveness of TERENCE were evaluated iteratively and incrementally for three years. The large-scale evaluation of the final release of the system shows that TERENCE is effective, as it significantly improved text comprehension of poor comprehenders, according to standardized tests of text comprehension.
The TERENCE project is funded by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, Strategic Objective ICT- 2009.4.2: ICT: Technology-enhanced learning. The contents of the TERENCE site reflects only the authors' view and the European Commission is not liable for it.