ERIC Number: EJ1020771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Accelerating Decoding-Related Skills in Poor Readers Learning a Foreign Language: A Computer-Based Intervention
Björn, Piia Maria; Leppänen, Paavo H. T.
Educational Psychology, v33 n6 p671-689 2013
The results of Fast ForWord® training on English decoding-related skills were examined. Finnish fifth-grade students were identified as having reading fluency problems and poor skills in English as a foreign language learned at school and were randomly assigned to either a training group (TRG) or a control group. The TRG ("n"?=?13) received 50?min of daily computer program-based training for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Students in the first control group ("n"?=?11) received the school's regular instructional programme. A second control group was composed of 14 average readers. The students' English skills were examined in pre-test, post-test and follow-up measurements. The TRG students saw an acceleration in decoding-related skills. The educational implications of the results are discussed.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Decoding (Reading), English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Instructional Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Auditory Perception, Speech, Language Processing, Phonology, Reading Difficulties
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades
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Identifiers - Location: Finland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
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