Author(s)

Rachel Janice

Date Approved

5-13-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Special Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Xin, Joy

Subject(s)

Tablet computers;English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers

Disciplines

Special Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine if English language learners (ELLs) would increase their vocabulary scores in the areas of word recognition, word meaning, and word application when iPads were used during vocabulary instruction. Five at risk third graders enrolled in the school's ELL program participated in the study. All students demonstrated weak English vocabulary skills in the tests during the baseline. During the intervention, 36 vocabulary words selected from the 3rd grade's Dolch word list were taught using flashcards and practiced using the iPad application: Learning Touch Sight Words Pro. All students were assessed weekly and their vocabulary scores increased in the areas of word recognition, word meaning, and word application during the intervention. Using the iPad seems to provide a successful avenue for ELLs in learning English vocabulary words.

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