Author(s)

Samantha Funaro

Date Approved

7-23-2014

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)

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

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to (a) examine the effects of using iPad technology to teach high frequency Dolch sight words, in terms of identification and application, to beginner English language learners (ELLs), and (b) evaluate satisfaction and motivation among participants in the use of iPads in sight word acquisition. The participants consisted of two fourth grade and one third grade English as a second language students (ESLs). A multiple baseline single subject design with AB phases was used. During the baseline, each participant's performance was assessed using flashcards and cloze sentences. Their scores were recorded. During the intervention, each student was taught the sight word categories using the Pixopop Sight Word and Spelling app. The results showed that each student increased scores in both word identification and application when using the iPad app. Using handheld technology devices, such as iPads, is discussed and recommended to teach ELLs.

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