Effects of a Computer-Based Reading Tutor on the Attitudes and Views of Multilingual Young Readers

By Jon Shapiro, Jane Wakefield and Kenneth Reeder.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The objective of this paper is to present the results of a study examining the impact of a computerized reading tutor on the attitudes toward reading and self as a reader of a diverse group of young ESL learners. The Reading Tutor software uses automated speech recognition to “listen” to readers, and offers help when readers experience difficulty with text. This study examined a multilingual sample that included L1 speakers of more than 9 different languages. Sixty-two students were interviewed with questions tapping reading attitude and self-concept. Students’ recognition of the benefits of the program and their positive feelings about the experience indicated that, over time, attitudes and self-concept would be positively affected.

Keywords: Literacy, Learning, Speech Recognition

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 493.136KB).

Dr. Jon Shapiro

Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Faculty of Education , Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Jon Shapiro is currently Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education and Professor of Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. Prior to assuming the position of Senior Associate Dean he served as Acting Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Research and he has also served the Faculty as Director, Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research. Jon’s research interests are in the areas of emergent literacy, with a special emphasis on affective dimensions of reading, and parents and literacy. He has over 70 publications, including three books, book chapters, and research and professional articles. He has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences as well as serving as a keynote speaker for provincial and state reading associations.

Jane Wakefield

Research Associate, Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Jane Wakefield is a faculty member in the Department of Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She also serves as Project Manager of the Vancouver Reading Tutor Project, a joint undertaking of UBC and the Vancouver School Board.

Dr. Kenneth Reeder

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Kenneth Reeder is Professor, Language & Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His research interests include linguistic pragmatic development and early literacy, second language immersion, and appropriate uses of technology in language teaching and learning.

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