Bilingual Research Journal (2011)

The Bilingual Research Journal is the National Association for Bilingual Education’s premier scholarly, peer-reviewed research publication. Bilingual Research Journal delivers in-depth coverage of education theory and practice, dealing with bilingual education, bilingualism, and language policies in education. The journal has a strong interest in matters related to the education of language minority children and youth in the United States, grades PreK-12, but articles focusing on other countries are often included if they have implications for bilingual education in the U.S.


Benefits of computer-assisted instruction to support reading acquisition in English Language Learners 

Paul Macaruso, Alyson Rodman


Summary

This study, published in 2011 in the Bilingual Research Journal, demonstrates that Lexia Reading supports English Language Learners (ELL students) in acquiring fundamental literacy skills. The study was conducted in Kindergarten classes using a bilingual education model in a rural Texas district, where all students received reading instruction based on a core, phonics-based curriculum.

 

Key Findings

  • Students who used Lexia Reading in addition to core reading instruction showed greater gains than a control group in overall reading, phonological awareness, and word reading. The Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE), Level K, was used as the reading measure. [Macaruso, P., & Rodman, A. (2011). Benefits of computer-assisted instruction to support reading acquisition in English Language Learners. Bilingual Research Journal, 34, 301–315.]