SOURCE: Soliloquy Learning

September 18, 2007 10:00 ET

Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary Adopts Speech Recognition Technology

Soliloquy Reading Assistant to Help Struggling Readers

SAN ANTONIO, TX--(Marketwire - September 18, 2007) - Students with reading difficulties at Henry B. Gonzalez Elementary are getting help with an innovative speech recognition reading program called Soliloquy Reading Assistant. Summer school students began using the program in June 2007. Based on positive results over a four-week period, the program has been adopted for use during the school year.

"Soliloquy Reading Assistant has empowered our students to be confident readers with 21st Century tools," said Debra Martinez, an Interventionist at Gonzalez Elementary, who assisted with the implementation of Soliloquy in the summer school program.

Gonzalez Elementary piloted Soliloquy Reading Assistant with students in Kindergarten through the fifth grade. Using the program for 45 minutes a day in a lab setting, teachers saw impressive gains in the reading levels of many second, third, fourth, and fifth graders.

"We are very proud of the improvements students at Gonzalez Elementary made in such a short timeframe," said Louise Dube, the President of Soliloquy Learning, developer of Soliloquy Reading Assistant. "We are eager to see how our program will help other students at the school with reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension this coming year."

Students use the Soliloquy Reading Assistant by reading e-books into a computer with a standard headset and microphone. Through Soliloquy Reading Assistant's proprietary speech recognition technology, the program is able to "listen" and recognize 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. Students can also access context-sensitive definitions for words they do not know, complete with photographic memory aids. When students reach the end of a reading passage, comprehension questions are presented to ensure understanding and to focus students on acquiring meaning in addition to speed.

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, 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/US Dept of Education. Soliloquy Learning is a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass. For more information visit: http://www.soliloquylearning.com.

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