Readability for Low Resourced Language

The 1st workshop on Readability for Low Resourced Languages

5 September 2023

Lancaster University 🔹 Sheffield Hallam University 🔹 King Saud University


Register and book your place to attend the workshop (open to non-authors, tickets are limited)



About the workshop

Join us for an exciting workshop where experts in the field of natural language processing will come together to discuss the latest research and innovative approaches to assessing the readability of low-resource languages. We will delve into the development of a comprehensive Readability Framework, utilizing cutting-edge machine learning techniques to pre-process and identify key factors that impact text readability. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to discuss best practices and state-of-the-art AI-based approaches to create mathematical representations of expected readability levels at different school grade or cognitive ability levels. The workshop will also focus on utilising classifiers that are intuitive for humans to understand and adjust, enabling the analysis and improvement of the decision-making criteria. The main objectives of the workshop are three folds: a) increase awareness of the importance of readability in low-resource languages and its impact on language learning and literacy, b) discuss the challenges of readability in low-resource languages, such as limited resources and lack of standardization, and brainstorm strategies for addressing these challenges, and c) foster a community of practice among participants, allowing them to share their experiences and best practices for addressing readability issues in low-resource languages.

Keynote Speakers:

Important Dates:

  • Due date for workshop abstract submission: July 17, 2023
  • Notification of abstract acceptance to authors: August 1, 2023
  • Workshop date:  September 5, 2023 (online event)

Call for speakers:

We invite researchers and practitioners to submit abstract proposals for talks related to the development of a Readability Framework for low-resource languages. The extended versions of the accepted abstracts will appear in the Computing Research Repository (CoRR), subject to the number of abstracts received. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Machine learning for text readability
  • Applications of readability assessment
  • Readability in low-resource languages
  • Comprehensibility measures
  • Mathematical representations of readability levels
  • Text simplification for low-resource languages
  • Readability & comprehensibility in language learning
  • The effects of text simplification on readability
  • Readability frameworks for indigenous languages
  • Updating readability representations

Abstract submission:

  • Click here to submit an abstract.
  • Abstracts can be either in English or Arabic (in the future we’ll try to expand to more languages)
  • The form only allows submission of text, with a limit to 500 words.
  • Accepted abstracts we’ll be asked to submit an extended abstracts in PDF format (English only).
  • Please select who is going to be the presenter.


  • Accepted abstracts will be presented live during the workshop
  • All presentations are online.
  • For abstracts in Arabic, at this version of the workshop we only allow pre-recorded presentations with English subtitles added in. We’ll play the recording during the workshop and allow the presenter to answer questions. The organisers will translate the Q&As.
  • More details to come…