Student Response to Use of Reading Assistant Software forStudent Response to Use of Reading Assistant Software forEnglish Language Learners in Thailand
Keywords:ESL, English language, reading, speaking, Computer-Aided Language Learning
The purpose of this research was to examine student’s response to the use of Computer Aided Language Learning (CALL) system, Reading Assistant (RA). RAis a computer-based reading program with voice recognition, offering learners aplacement test, and then providing access to a library of over 300 level appropriatebook titles. Students first listen to the book being read, answer prompts and quizquestions, and then record their voice as they read the book aloud, before taking aquiz. In a “yes or no” survey, over 95% of participants (n=205) stated that the useof RA improved their English proficiency in the skills of reading, listening, andspeaking. Independent t-tests also demonstrated a significant difference in speakingproficiency among students who used Reading Assistant for a minimum of 90minutes per week (n=15) and those who read paper books using traditionalclassroom reading methods (n=19). Two student focus groups (n=8 and n=9)concluded that students believe the use of RA improved English languageproficiency more quickly than traditional classroom methods. In conclusion,training with Reading Assistant has shown to be an effective method to increaseESL students’ English language proficiency, as well as a positive studentexperience.
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