1. Arthur Glenberg
  3. Arizona State University ASU
  1. M. Adelaida Restrepo
  2. Professor
  4. Arizona State University ASU
  1. Erin Walker
  2. http://faculty.engineering.asu.edu/ewalker/
  4. Arizona State University ASU

DIP: EMBRACEing English Language Learners with Technology

NSF Awards: 1324807

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

Success in school depends on developing literacy. But national tests show that many English Language Learners (ELL) read below the basic level. Our project combines the theories of embodied language comprehension, intelligent tutoring systems, and bilingualism to address this problem. The result is a tablet-based system used by ELL children working alone, or together with teachers, peers, and parents to improve reading comprehension skill.

The first part of the video shows a parent and child working together using the EMBRACE system. While reading aloud using an iPad (e.g., “The farmer walks to the barn”), the child manipulates pictures on the iPad to simulate language content. This manipulation tremendously improves language comprehension.

The second part of the video shows a close-up of the iPad and a child working alone. It illustrates how EMBRACE uses both narrative and informational texts, and how it provides vocabulary support in both English and Spanish.

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