English Program: Proven TechnologyIndependent evaluations of the technology have been positive. For example, young students using the software tested significantly higher on word recognition and comprehension tasks. For adults, the software improved English pronunciation and reading skills; contributed to learning gains; enabled greater comfort with technology; and provided students with opportunities to practice at their own pace in an interactive format.
Reading Companion is designed to complement existing literacy curriculum in both school settings and within adult literacy programs. "This interactive tool is a tremendous asset to have available in our classroom. We have large numbers of adults in search of English and literacy competencies," says Kitty Bateman, Adult Literacy Coordinator at Queensborough Community College. "It will work great with this audience and within the program we already have."