Does the computer software Lexia raise reading attainment

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Does the computer software Lexia raise
reading attainment for EAL learners
(English as an Additional Language)?
Lexia’s own
research
 Lexia Research
 ‘Lexia – Best Practices Report’
 Findings : ‘lowest performing children
and EAL students were the students
who benefited the most from using
Lexia’.
 UK study in York
 Could Lexia be applied to EAL learners
in a multicultural inner –city London
school setting to raise reading
attainment?
Why choose Lexia?
 ‘Second
language learners need resources
with a high level of visual support which will
help them to cue what the text is all about.
Equally important is a strong element of
repetition and rhyme to predict what comes
next and to internalize the rhythms, sounds
and structures of English.’ (V.Edwards (1990)
p. 18, Reading and Language Information Centre)
Research
design
 Time frame and frequency :
‘Lexia Best Practises Report’
 three EAL children in Year
three with different level of
reading skills
 one to one sessions with LSA
 Questionnaire with LSA after
trial
Research
design
 A control group without
intervention to provide a
comparison
 ‘Quick Reading Test’ for Lexia
 Nelson Reading test
 Three sessions for five
consecutive weeks
Analysis – no Lexia intervention
Reading age in months
Reading age increase in m onths-no Lexia
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
Gain in months
Female
Male
Female
D
E
F
Respondents
With Lexia intervention
months
With Lexia intervention-reading age increase in
months
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
0
A Male
B Female
C Female
Male
Female
Female
A
B
C
respondents
In comparison ...
9.5
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
6
5.5
5
Pre-Trial Reading Age
Post-Trial Reading Age
With Lexia intervention-reading age increase
reading age
reading age
No Lexia intervention- control group-pre- and
post trial reading age
9.5
9
8.5
8
7.5
7
6.5
6
5.5
Pre- trial reading age
Post-trial reading age
Female
Male
Female
Male
Female
Female
D
E
F
A
B
C
respondent
respondents
reading age increase in
months
Finally....
End results of the trial - comparison of Lexia
group and control group
25
20
15
10
5
0
no Lexia intervention
with Lexia intervention
no Lexia
intervention
with Lexia
intervention
groups
Total
increase of
the Lexia
intervention
in
Total increase of the
Lexia intervention in
comparison
Looking at the
results
 Success according to Brooks
 With Lexia : Reading
attainment was raised
considerably
 Outcomes : Control group
 Location
 Time frame
Summary of key
findings
 Reading attainment was
raised by 25 % in comparison
to control group
 Attitude to the software
 Variations to planned
schedule- still raises
attainment
More
outcomes ....
 Lexia Assessment programme
 Teacher assessment
 Other possible factors
influencing outcomes
 Guided reading
 Literacy lessons
 many aspects can influence
the findings
Further
findings ....
Limitations
•Number of students
•Time limit
Great strengths:
•Measuring progress with
Lexia student reports
•Attitude to software
Conclusion
 Precise and careful
monitoring
 embedded with other
teaching strategies
 If the intervention is managed
well, Lexia is a successful
intervention for EAL learners
to raise their reading
attainment
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