4-Month Evaluation of a Learner-controlled Reading Tutor that Listens

Jack Mostow, Gregory Aist, Cathy Huang, Brian Junker, Rebecca Kennedy, Hua Lan, DeWitt Talmadge Latimer, R. O'Connor, R. Tassone, Brian Tobin, and A. Wierman
The Path of Speech Technologies in Computer Assisted Language Learning: From Research Toward Practice, V. M. Holland, F. N. Fisher, ed., Routledge, 2008, pp. 201 - 219.


Abstract
We evaluated an automated Reading Tutor that let children pick stories to read, and listened to them read aloud. All 72 children in three classrooms (grades 2, 4, 5) were independently tested on the nationally normed Word Attack, Word Identification, and Passage Comprehension subtests of the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test (where they averaged nearly 2 standard deviations below national norms), and on oral reading fluency. We split each class into 3 matched treatment groups: Reading Tutor, commercial reading software, or other activities. In 4 months, the Reading Tutor group gained significantly more in Passage Comprehension than the control group (effect size = 1.2, p=.002) - even though actual usage was a fraction of the planned daily 20-25 minutes. To help explain these results, we analyzed relationships among gains in Word Attack, Word Identification, Passage Comprehension, and fluency by 108 additional children who used the Reading Tutor in 7 other classrooms (grades 1-4). Gains in Word Identification predicted Passage Comprehension gains only for Reading Tutor users, both in the controlled study (n=21, p=.042, regression coefficient B=.495?s.e. .227) and in the other classrooms (n=108, p=.005, B=.331?115), where grade was also a significant predictor (p=.024, B=2.575?.127).

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Project LISTEN
Associated Project(s): Project LISTEN\'s Reading Tutor
Number of pages: 9
Note: in press

Text Reference
Jack Mostow, Gregory Aist, Cathy Huang, Brian Junker, Rebecca Kennedy, Hua Lan, DeWitt Talmadge Latimer, R. O'Connor, R. Tassone, Brian Tobin, and A. Wierman, "4-Month Evaluation of a Learner-controlled Reading Tutor that Listens," The Path of Speech Technologies in Computer Assisted Language Learning: From Research Toward Practice, V. M. Holland, F. N. Fisher, ed., Routledge, 2008, pp. 201 - 219.

BibTeX Reference
@incollection{Mostow_2008_4648,
   author = "Jack Mostow and Gregory Aist and Cathy Huang and Brian Junker and Rebecca Kennedy and Hua Lan and DeWitt Talmadge Latimer and R. O'Connor and R. Tassone and Brian Tobin and A. Wierman",
   editor = "V. M. Holland, F. N. Fisher",
   title = "4-Month Evaluation of a Learner-controlled Reading Tutor that Listens",
   booktitle = "The Path of Speech Technologies in Computer Assisted Language Learning: From Research Toward Practice",
   pages = "201 - 219",
   publisher = "Routledge",
   address = "New York",
   year = "2008",
   Notes = "in press"
}