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Title: Just-In-Time Contextualized Reading Assistant for ESL Students
Center: NCER Year: 2015
Principal Investigator: Borodin, Yevgen Awardee: Charmtech Labs
Program: Small Business Innovation Research      [Program Details]
Award Period: 6 months (5/1/2015-10/31/2015) Award Amount: $150,000
Type: Phase I Development Award Number: EDIES15C0019

This project team will develop and test a prototype of the ESL Reading Assistant, intended to strengthen reading and listening skills of English as Second Language students. The web-based prototype will help students understand complex words and passages while reading. Based on user feedback, the product will adapt to provide personalized just-in-time supplemental information. In the Phase I pilot research with 100 students, the team will examine whether the prototype functions as planned and whether ESL students are able to read passages with the support it provides.