The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

AI-simplification of Mark Twain’s "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer": Assessment and Considerations

Adela Chindriș, West University of Timișoara (Romania)

Mădălina Chitez, West University of Timișoara (Romania)


Text simplification, a linguistic concept dedicated to enhancing the understanding of written texts, is very important within educational contexts. The improvement of text understanding can be achieved through various strategies, such as grammatical, lexical or topical simplification. Presently, digital platforms, like ChatGPT, offer automatic text simplification, yet the efficacy of these simplifications remains untested. This paper aims to investigate the effectiveness of AI-generated text simplifications of some excerpts taken from Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” across multiple criteria, including readability scores and vocabulary complexity. The study uses widely accepted readability scores, such as Flesch-Kincaid and Coleman-Liau, and the online tool Coh-Metrix to assess the impact of simplification on text comprehension. Simplifications will be analyzed from the angles of syntactic complexity and lexical complexity. The study also includes an applied section featuring a questionnaire addressed to primary and middle schoolers, with the intent to assess the effectiveness of the simplifications.


Keywords: ChatGPT, Mark Twain, natural language processing (NLP), readability, text simplification


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