Teaches Active Reading
EMBRACE creates active readers by literally having the children be active while reading. For example, after reading a sentence such as “To build an Igloo..” a child uses her finger to move the Inuit man to make a circle. Thus, the child learns to map nouns (e.g., “shovel”) to objects, and map the syntax of the sentence, the who does what to whom, to her own actions. Teaching this type of mapping often results in a doubling of comprehension.
Support for English Language Learners
EMBRACE has multiple features to help English language learners.
1) The first chapter of each text is read to the child (by the iPad) in the native language to provide background information; other chapters are read by the child in English.
2) After tapping an underlined word (e.g., “Hawai’i”), the child hears the word pronounced in the native language and English, and appropriate images are highlighted.
3) Each chapter begins with a vocabulary list (in the native language and English) that is adjusted by an intelligent tutoring system (ITS).