Improving Reading Skills for ESL Learners Using SoundSpel, pp.215-228
Authors: Michael D. Young, Michelle L. Wilson, and Alice F. Healy, University of Colorado
Abstract: This study examined the effects of using a revised, transparent spelling system SoundSpel, a phonetic reading tool, with learners of English as a Second Language. During 6 training sessions, 12 participants used unaltered material and 12 used SoundSpel texts, in parallel with standard English, when reading American elementary school material. They then answered multiple-choice comprehension questions. Both groups were pre-tested and post-tested on comprehension tests of similar elementary school material without SoundSpel. No group differences were found across tests or training (in quiz performance or reading time), suggesting no beneficial or harmful effects from using SoundSpel. A post hoc analysis suggested that SoundSpel would be most beneficial for students who learn to speak English before they learn to read it.