SOURCE: Soliloquy Learning

November 06, 2007 09:00 ET

Soliloquy Learning Revamps Soliloquy Reading Assistant

Updated Version 4.1 Includes Improvements Aimed to Enhance Both Teacher and Student User Experience

WALTHAM, MA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Soliloquy Learning, Inc. has updated its signature program, Soliloquy Reading Assistant, which combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based interventions to help elementary and secondary students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension skills. Enhancements to Soliloquy Reading Assistant Version 4.1 include:

--  Support of new operating system Windows Vista™
    
--  Licensing enhancements which allow for more simultaneous users in a
    school district and for school districts to allocate their licenses to
    specific schools
    
--  Simplified reports allow teachers to keep better track of students'
    progress
    
--  Easier software installation
    
--  Addition of latest technological developments in speech recognition
    software translates into higher accuracy
    

"Building on version 4.0, version 4.1 of the Reading Assistant was designed to make our product simpler to install and use. It incorporates key features that customers have requested: easier installation and administration for larger districts and easier reporting tools," said Louise Dube, President of Soliloquy Learning. "We also continue to improve our speech recognition performance despite the fact that our customers are already very pleased with our performance. Microsoft Vista compliance is critical to our customers and we now support this new operating system. This version continues our commitment to evolving the Soliloquy Reading Assistant platform."

Soliloquy Reading Assistant helps students to enhance reading fluency by providing them with a one-on-one guided reading experience. Students read material on a computer using a standard headset and microphone. Through proprietary speech-recognition technology, the software is able to "listen" and recognize when readers hesitate or make mistakes on specific words. When a student struggles, the program assists or corrects the reader by repeating the word clearly while creating a record of it for the teacher to review.

Vocabulary assistance and comprehension questions are other features of the program. When students do not know a word's meaning, they can click on it for a context-sensitive definition, pronunciation example and photographic memory aid. As the students read, comprehension questions are presented to ensure understanding. Students can also have the stories read to them, and compare the model with their own version to improve pronunciation and intonation.

Soliloquy Reading Assistant is available for students in grades 1-11, 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 (5-11), content is drawn from science and social studies subjects required by many state standards, providing experience with the content to improve comprehension later on. Since its launch in 2002, various versions of Soliloquy Reading Assistant have been used by over 5,000 schools across the country. For more information, visit www.soliloquylearning.com, or call 1-877-235-6036.

About Soliloquy Learning, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Soliloquy Learning has pioneered new and effective methods for improving reading and spoken language skills. The company's flagship product, Soliloquy Reading Assistant, provides one-on-one reading support, using proprietary speech recognition technology to monitor and assist students through Guided Oral Reading, the research-proven best practice for fostering reading progress beyond the basics. Design has been led by literacy expert, Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams. Research on the efficacy of Soliloquy Reading Assistant has been sponsored through research grants from NICHD and IES . Soliloquy Learning is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. For more information visit: http://www.soliloquylearning.com.