Supporting Home Language Reading through Technology in Rural South Africa
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
Instructional Media Design
International and Comparative Education
Language and Literacy Education
This paper describes a short-term longitudinal study in South Africa, with children in grades 1-3, some of whom received a multimedia technology reading support program in one of three home languages and English (through exisiting computer labs in schools). Findings reveal a positive and significant impact on local language reading acquisition among children with multimedia support. The study shows that effective literacy support can help struggling rural learners make significant gains that will help them complete their schooling. The ability to accomplish a full cycle of primary school with fully developed reading skills has significant implications for life-long learning.