ERIC Number: EJ1050432
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Emerging Realities of Text-to-Speech Software for Nonnative-English-Speaking Community College Students in the Freshman Year
Baker, Fiona S.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v39 n5 p423-441 2015
This study explores the expectations and early and subsequent realities of text-to-speech software for 24 nonnative-English-speaking college students who were experiencing reading difficulties in their freshman year of college. The study took place over two semesters in one academic year (from September to June) at a community college on the Eastern seaboard of the United States. Data were collected using semistructured written diaries. Diary entries were collected at monthly intervals and analyzed using NVIVO 1.2 for emergent themes. Each student had an individual learning trajectory, but general patterns emerged across all participants. The study sheds light on the benefits and limitations of the software and its potential to affect positive learning and increased satisfaction in the lives of students with reading difficulties during the freshman year. It gives implications for practice and suggestions for further research.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Reading Difficulties, Diaries, Computer Software, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, English for Academic Purposes, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System; Test of English as a Foreign Language