ERIC Number: ED371790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Computer-Based Spelling Instruction.
Los Angeles Pierce College has been using Computer-Based Spelling Instruction (CBSI) software in spelling enrichment classes since 1992. Students who have used the program average 96% on final exams, and student retention proves excellent. The CBSI module performs the following functions: (1) administers a 1,200 word pretest; (2) divides missed pretest words into 15 word "chapters"; (3) provides a printout of words missed on the pretest; (4) provides an optional printout for facilitators to identify patterns of errors or to demonstrate rules of phonics or spelling; (5) divides each chapter into three lessons (i.e., spelling, practice quiz, and random review of previously learned words); (6) provides exposure to the words to be learned in three learning modalities (i.e., visual, auditory, and tactile); (7) presents practice involving extensive repetition; (8) keeps a cumulative record of time spent on lessons; (9) administers chapter tests, including words from prior chapters; (10) requires a minimum score of 70% on each chapter test to advance students to the next chapter; (11) prints test results; and (12) administers a final exam covering all the words misspelled on the pretest. The CBSI program is IBM compatible, requires a DECtalk speech synthesizer and personal computer with a hard drive. The program also requires a facilitator to explain the operation of the program and to monitor student progress. The cost of the program is $150. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Pierce Coll., Woodland Hills, CA.