ENGLISH-WRITING SOFTWARE FOR ESL STUDENTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 9355
Amount: $220,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10150 Sorrento Valley Rd #210, San Diego, CA, 92121
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Sandra E Hutchins
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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.

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