French app inspires children to read classic literatureby Beatrice Credi - 2016.02.25
‘Machine à lire‘ (the reading machine) is a French app that revolutionises how children learn to read. With more than 40 books available on tablet or computer, children can read the classics of children’s literature such as Notre-Dame-de-Paris, The Three Musketeers or The Odyssey. Any overly long descriptions have been removed from the text, as well as any chapters that are too introspective, so that the action moves along quickly. They can start by listening to a section of text, followed by reading it, and then finally listen to the audio version. All at the speed decided by the teacher. If you skip pages, the app notices and asks you to go back. While if you read more than you’ve been asked to, you get a bonus. The app has already been trialled in some French schools and the method is strongly supported by the Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who would like to roll it out to all schools.