An Investigation into the Use and Benefits of Assistive Technologies for English as a Second Language Users' Literacy Development.

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    Wasniewski, Ewa
  • This investigation uses the quasi experimental one group pretest-posttest research design to identify vocabulary learning strategies specific to an International Practical Nurse Diploma program, at a western college in Canada. Vocabulary Learning Strategies proposed by Oxford (1990) and the Overlapping Waves Theory by Siegler (1996) will be applied to identify the cognitive development of the students. This cognitive analysis is based on creating a Universally Designed educational environment which will accommodate individuals with a wide range of abilities and disabilities by reducing barriers (Rose, Hasselbring, Stahi, & Zabala, 2005). Based on this principle, the investigation used Assistive Technologies to support college students‟ English Language development focusing on vocabulary. This strategy could provide a link for struggling students by minimizing frustrations while providing constant feedback (Sorrell, Bell & McCallum, 2007). The objectives of this research are to: a) develop strategy support through the use of an Assistive Technology that introduce students to key programs which will familiarize them with the features of the Read & Write Gold program, and b) to identify relationships between student strategy choices (features or prior strategies) and intervention effectiveness. Technological supports need to be researched further too continually grow and develop programs to meet the current needs of students and employers alike.

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