ERIC Number: ED327694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-20
Reference Count: N/A
Computer Speech Devices for Adult Literacy Skills. Final Report.
Saint Paul Technology for Literacy Center, MN.
A project titled "Word of Mouth" was conducted to develop and evaluate model computer courseware to teach word attack skills to adult basic education students. The project was based on the use of multiple strategies to figure out unknown words, the importance of breaking down multisyllabic words, and the necessity of the use of audio in word attack instruction. Three prototype modules with audio input and output capability were developed, featuring use of context, word parts, and spelling patterns or syllabication skills. A Macintosh computer, a MacRecorder sound system, and Telex headphones with microphone were selected. Analysis of pretests and posttests from 50 students at 2 adult literacy sites, as well as comments from participants in the development of courseware, showed that students were enthusiastic about the use of computerized speech in instruction and made significant gains in word attack skills. (Appendices provide participant comments, learners' and administrators' copies of pretests and posttests, and two articles about the program.) (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Saint Paul Technology for Literacy Center, MN.