Computer-based phonological awareness training for adolescent English language learners

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Laska, Kimberly
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While some English language learners (ELLs) are able to acquire English phonological awareness skills easily while learning the language, others may need direct instruction and remediation. This study involves five adolescent ELLs who received direct instruction of phonological awareness skills through the use of a computer-based program, Earobics 1 for Adolescents and Adults. After completing a phonological awareness pretest, students received computer-based instruction for 60 minutes per week for ten weeks or until they completed the program. Additionally, pre- and post-training reading scores were analyzed to determine if the training positively affected the test scores. The results of this study demonstrated that students who participated in the training increased their phonological awareness scores in all areas tested. Earobics 1 for Adolescents and Adults could be used as a tool in an integrated language program.