NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2007–Soliloquy Learning, Inc., announced today that now over 100 New York City schools are using the Soliloquy Reading Assistant to improve student reading skills. Thousands of students in New York City´s Public, Catholic, Jewish, Lutheran and Islamic schools are using the reading program, which combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based interventions to help elementary and secondary students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Students in New York City and across the U.S. use Soliloquy Reading Assistant by reading 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. As they read along, students can have Soliloquy Reading Assistant read the story to them, or record and play back their own readings. 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.
In the Brooklyn Catholic Diocese, twelve schools are now using the Soliloquy Reading Assistant with much success. "Any time you can improve a student´s reading ability you are greatly enhancing their chances of a successful educational career," said Michael Pizzingrillo, Associate Superintendent for Instruction, Government Programs, and Public Policy for the Brooklyn Diocese. "With the changing needs of today´s learners, the one-on-one reading instruction needed to foster fluency and comprehension is getting harder and harder to facilitate. The Soliloquy Reading Assistant provides that supportive, patient listener for each student, greatly supplementing the excellent reading instruction our teachers already provide."
"Soliloquy Reading Assistant merges technology and research-based practices to deliver the future of reading instruction," said Jon Bower, CEO of Soliloquy Learning. "It´s been proven that fluency is best achieved through the provision of a supportive listener for each student reader. It´s interesting to see how public, private and parochial schools all find the same benefits. As schools in New York City continue to adopt the Reading Assistant, we´ll continue to innovate and provide more content to foster reading fluency and academic success for every student in the City, and across the U.S."
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 (5-12), content is drawn from science and social studies subjects required by many state standards. Since its launch in 2000, various versions of Soliloquy Reading Assistant have been used by over 5,000 schools across the country. For more information visit http://www.soliloquylearning.com or call 1-877-235-6036.
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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