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Subtitles on TV Found to be Key Learning Tool
by KYW’s Lynne Adkins
Closed-captioning was designed to help the hearing-impaired enjoy television. But people are finding it’s also useful for those who hear the laugh track just fine.
Closed-captions let viewers read the dialogue while watching a television program. Federal law mandates that any 13’ or larger TV built after July 1993 must come with the technology which was originally for people who couldn’t hear the program.
Dr. Helen Hoffner, an education professor at Holy Family University says it now has other uses:
‘People learning English as an additional language, children learning to read or adults with low reading ability are actually using closed-captioning to improve their reading abilities.’
She says kids can enjoy TV and learn at the same time:
‘Parents can turn on the TV and let the child watch the program with the captions. (When) kids watch videos over and over again, researchers have found that repeated reading (can) help a child improve their reading fluency.’
She admits closed-captioning is known for spelling errors, but it is improving.