ERIC Number: ED335960
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Improving Reading Speed and Comprehension of ESL Students with the Computer.
Culver, Lee C.
This study addressed the high retention percentage of college bound English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students exiting and ESL program who were retained in college developmental reading classes because of poor entrance test reading scores on the Multi-Assessment Placement Services (MAPS) exam. A computer reading program, implemented to improve reading speed and comprehension, was used to determine the exit and entrance scores for ESL students (n=20) in the target group. A computerized, levelized, reading program--Reading Mastery with reading attack skills (skimming, scanning, comprehension, and cloze procedures) was used to boost student speed and comprehension levels in reading. The results showed a reading grade level improvement for the majority of students in the target group with an overall increase of 3.9 grade levels in vocabulary, 1.3 grade levels in comprehension, and a 3.4 grade level increase in reading rate. The results provide significant information about the effect of increasing reading speed on student comprehension levels through the use of the computer. It was concluded that the computer was a good tool to improve student reading rate, although for some students increased speed did not lead to increased levels of comprehension. Appendices include graphic analysis of progress and student data. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Practicum Report, Nova University.