ERIC Number: ED290002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Incorporating a Computer Assisted Reading Program into an Adult Vocational Basic Skills Lab.
Vescial, Ann; And Others
A computer-assisted reading program was implemented in the VESL (Vocational English as a Second Language) Center at Hacienda La Puente Adult Schools (California), which provides support services to adult special needs vocational students. The purpose of the program was to improve the technical reading skills of the vocational students. The basic programs were Educational Activities' Core, Diascriptive Reading, LEAP (Language Experience Approach), and Milliken's Comprehension Power. Fifty students were tracked over a six-month period. Over 150 students were also tested during the study period. Auto mechanics, auto body, and welding students spent the most hours on the computer, spent the most computer instruction time, and were assigned more Lab/VESL time. During the six-month period the 50 students had an average improvement of two years. (Appendixes include a bibliography of most of the materials used in the lab and a bibliography related to computer-assisted instruction. The bibliographies address the needs of both disadvantaged native speakers and limited English proficient students. Some figures showing study results are also appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, City of Industry, CA.