Effects of a Computer-Based Reading Tutor on the Attitudes and Views of Multilingual Young Readers

By:
Dr. Jon Shapiro,
Jane Wakefield,
Dr. Kenneth Reeder
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The objective of this presentation is to present the results of a study examining the impact of a computerized reading tutor on the attitudes toward reading and self as a reader of a diverse group of young ESL learners. The Reading Tutor sofware uses automated speech recognition to "listen" to readers, and offers help when readers experience difficulty with text. This study examined a multilingual sample that included L1 speakers of Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and English. Ten students from each group were administered reading attitude and self-concept measures and interviewed. Students' recognition of the benefits of the program and their positive feelings about the experience indicated that, over time, attitudes and self-concept would be positively affected.


Keywords: Literacy, Learning
Stream: Literacy
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Effects of a Computer-Based Reading Tutor on the Attitudes and Views of Multilingual Young Readers


Dr. Jon Shapiro

Senior Associate Dean and Professor, Faculty of Education 
Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jon Shapiro is currently Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty of Education and Professor of Literacy Education and at the University of British Columbia. Prior to assuming the position of Senior Associate Dean he served as Acting Associate Dean Graduate Programs & Research and he has also served the Faculty as the Director of the Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research. Jon’s research interests are in the areas emergent literacy, with a special emphasis on affective dimensions of reading, and parents and literacy. He has over seventy publications that include three books, book chapters, and research and professional articles. He has been a frequent presenter at national and international conferences as well as being a keynote speaker for Provincial and State Reading Associations.

Jane Wakefield

Research Associate, Faculty of Education, The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Dr. Kenneth Reeder

Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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