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ENGLISH-WRITING SOFTWARE FOR ESL STUDENTS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Education
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
9355
Program Year/Program:
1986 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
9355
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Emerson & Stern Associates Inc
10150 Sorrento Valley Rd Suite 210 San Diego, CA 92121
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1986
Title: ENGLISH-WRITING SOFTWARE FOR ESL STUDENTS
Agency: ED
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $220,000.00
 

Abstract:

STUDENTS IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE PROGRAMS COME FROM DIVERSE LANGUAGE BACKGROUNDS, WITH SPANISH AND COMBINED ASIAN LANGUAGES REPRESENTING OVER 90% OF THOSE BACKGROUNDS. WRITING, THE MOST DAUNTING ASPECT OF LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE, IS A SKILL THAT DEMANDS INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTIONAND PRACTICE. PHASE I RESEARCH RESULTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A 64K APPLE SOFTWARE PACKAGE, SE ESCRIBE INGLES (ENGLISH WRITTEN HERE), THAT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH SPELLING ASSISTANCE BASED ON SPANISH PHONETIC ERRORS IN THE CONTEXT OF WRITE AND PROOF, AN EASY-TO-USE WORD PROCESSOR WITH GRAMMAR-CHECKING CAPABILITIES DEVELOPED BY EMERSON & STERN UNDER ANOTHER SBIR CONTRACT. PRELIMINARY RESULTS INDICATE THAT THIS SOFTWARE EFFECTIVELY CORRECTS COMMON SPANISH-BASEDERRORS AND ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO WRITE, THUS PROVIDING BOTHTHE INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION AND PRACTICE THEY NEED. PHASE II WILL EXPAND THE SPANISH-BASED SOFTWARE TO HANDLE SPELLINGERRORS GENERATED FROM A "PHONETIC POOL" OF ASIAN LANGUAGES AND WILL EXTEND THE ASSISTANCE FEATURE TO PROVIDE HELP WITH THE TYPICAL SYNTACTICAL AND IDIOMATIC ERRORS MADE BY MEMBERSOF BOTH LANGUAGE GROUPS. A "SEMI-CONTROLLED" STUDY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO DETERMINE THE EFFICACY OF THE SOFTWARE IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE.

Principal Investigator:

Dr Sandra E Hutchins
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Emerson & Stern Associates
10150 Sorrento Valley Rd #210 San Diego, CA 92121

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No