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ERIC Number: EJ907032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-3
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Literacy-Based Technology Support for Post-Secondary Second Language Learners
Yakimchuk, Daniel T.
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n112 Nov 2010
The academic performance of many international students admitted to Canadian universities is undermined by the students' English language proficiency. The goal of this study was to improve English language proficiency of post-secondary second-language learners (SLLs) through the use of literacy-based assistive technology. Fifty-four participants (32 SLL, 22 non SLL) enrolled in a cross-section of Cape Breton University's Shannon School of Business courses participated in the investigation. Results determined a significant effect (9%) of the use of screen-reading software on academic performance of SLLs and a positive but insignificant effect (3%) of the use of screen-reading assistive technology on academic performance of non-SLLs. The article concludes with a discussion on the responsibility of educational institutions to provide additional language support services to international students studying in their non-native language. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada