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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 increase in m onths-no Lexia
  Reading age in months




                          7
                          6
                          5
                          4
                                                                   Gain in months
                          3
                          2
                          1
                          0
                              Female       Male       Female

                                D           E           F
                                       Respondents
With Lexia intervention
                  With Lexia intervention-reading age increase in
                                      months

             10
              9
              8
              7
                                                                A Male
    months




              6
              5                                                 B Female
              4                                                 C Female
              3
              2
              1
              0
                       Male         Female         Female

                        A              B             C
                                  respondents
              In comparison ...
               No Lexia intervention- control group-pre- and
                                                                                                With Lexia intervention-reading age increase
                           post trial reading age

                                                                                          9.5
              9.5                                                                           9
                9
                                                                                          8.5




                                                                            reading age
              8.5
reading age




                8                                                                           8                                      Pre- trial reading age
              7.5                                  Pre-Trial Reading Age                  7.5
                7                                                                           7                                      Post-trial reading age
                                                   Post-Trial Reading Age
              6.5                                                                         6.5
                6
              5.5                                                                           6
                5                                                                         5.5
                    Female      Male      Female                                                  Male       Female     Female

                      D          E          F                                                       A          B          C
                             respondent                                                                   respondents
Finally....
                                End results of the trial - comparison of Lexia
                                         group and control group
 reading age increase in




                           25
                           20
         months




                                                                              no Lexia intervention
                           15
                           10
                            5
                            0                                                 with Lexia intervention
                                   no Lexia      with Lexia        Total
                                 intervention   intervention   increase of
                                                                the Lexia     Total increase of the
                                                               intervention   Lexia intervention in
                                                                     in       comparison
                                                  groups
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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