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Audio Word/Varied-Time Delay learning for sight-words for students is based on stimulus-response studies that have been conducted dating back almost 100 years and are effective research-based practices. This method is ideal for special needs students, although it can be used with any students, young or old. What I chose to do is to...
Audio Word/Varied-Time Delay learning for sight-words for students is based on stimulus-response studies that have been conducted dating back almost 100 years and are effective research-based practices. This method is ideal for special needs students, although it can be used with any students, young or old. What I chose to do is to take the stimulus/response practices of Taped-Word/Time-Delay of learning sight-words using a tape recorder and a word list and build this method into a Microsoft® PowerPoint™ file. I tried this with students and it works great.
The words are presented in the slide at a timed rate (less than one second visual stimulus) in order to encourage errorless learning. The next slide presents the word untimed and provides for an audio recording (audio stimulus) of the word (I used Audacity software to record the words for the file). The student has the option to repeat the audio of the word in this slide by using the mouse. The words are presented two more times, the second time at a slower rate (about 1-8 seconds depending on your student), and then the third time back to less than one second. I present a few phrase using the words at the end and these I time at about 6 to 8 seconds. Even students that are learning basic functional words such as their name or phone number, which is often the case with special education students, will find this effective. This method has been used to teach math such as the multiplication tables as well.
Keeping track of student results is important. I pre-tested the students to place them into graded word families. I used 70% or less as a starting point. I tracked student results on a student chart with their baseline, intervention, and maintenance scores for Correct Words Per Minute (CWPM) and Error Rate (ER). I retested students about every two weeks by timing them reading the words from a sheet that are part of their program. The accompanied screen cast video (recorded at Screencast-O-Matic.com) explains how to make such a PowerPoint™ program and illustrates examples of one that I have used.