CAPE CORAL, Fla., Jan., 8, 2007–Soliloquy Learning, Inc. announced today that Skyline Elementary, a PK-5 public school in Cape Coral, Florida will use the Soliloquy Reading Assistant to deliver English Language Learner (ELL) reading instruction and develop reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills for 800 students this year. In operation in over 5,000 schools nationwide, the Soliloquy Reading Assistant, with its licensed counterparts, is a computer reading program that uses advanced speech recognition technology to help elementary and secondary students strengthen their reading proficiency.
Soliloquy Reading Assistant works by having students read e-books into a computer using a standard headset and microphone. Through Soliloquy Reading Assistant’s proprietary speech-recognition technology, the program listens” and recognizes when readers stumble or make mistakes on specific words. When a student struggles, the program assists him/her by reading the word clearly, meanwhile making records in the background for teacher review. When they do not know a word’s meaning, students can simply click it to gain access to a context-sensitive definition, pronunciation and photographic memory aid.
At the start of the 2006 school year, Skyline Elementary’s ELL student body almost doubled in size from 23 percent to 41 percent, requiring an ever-increasing focus on fostering reading proficiency for ELL students. Through the Soliloquy Reading Assistant, teachers can turn on ELL features within the program that allow students to view and hear English word translations in Spanish, fostering an essential bridge to comprehension and concept development.
The teachers of our second, third, fourth, and fifth graders, who are all using Soliloquy Reading Assistant, love the way the program delivered a patient guided oral reader for each student,” said Judith Gault, Reading Coach at Skyline Elementary. The children are getting the one-on-one support they need to strengthen their reading fluency skills and the teachers are easily able to integrate Soliloquy Reading Assistant time into their regular classroom activities. This program is truly one of the best on the market for fostering reading fluency.”
In January 2006, Soliloquy Reading Assistant was integrated into Skyline’s reading curriculum which already included multiple reading programs including Harcourt Trophies Reading Program and Accelerated Reader by Renaissance Learning. Reading Assistant was being used by approximately 60 percent of the student body and after noticing a marked improvement in reading proficiency, Skyline officials decided to upgrade to Soliloquy Reading Assistant 4.0 and increase student usage
We are proud to be working with Skyline Elementary to help their diverse student body reach their reading goals,” said Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning. We know from their experience and that of schools across the country, that students will rapidly increase their reading fluency using the system, and we feel that Skyline’s investment will serve their instructional needs for years to come.”
The Soliloquy Reading Assistant is available for students in grades 1-12, plus adult remedial reading programs. For elementary students (grades 1-5), reading content is drawn from children’s stories, poems and expository passages to build literature appreciation. For secondary students (6-12), content is drawn from science and social studies frameworks used in high-stakes testing.
Skyline Elementary is located in Lee County, Florida. For more information, visit http://www.leeschools.net/.
About Soliloquy Learning, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Soliloquy Learning has pioneered new and highly effective methods for dramatically improving reading and language skills. The company’s flagship product, Soliloquy Reading Assistant, provides one-on-one reading support, using proprietary speech recognition technology to listen to students as they read aloud. Based on the research of renowned literacy expert, Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams, Soliloquy Reading Assistant has been proven to foster fluency, comprehension and vocabulary acquisition through Guided Oral Reading, proven in research studies to be the best approach for fostering reading progress beyond the basics. Soliloquy Learning is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. For more information visit: http://www.soliloquylearning.com.
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