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October 2021

Phonological awareness and reading acquisition in English- and Punjabi-speaking Canadian children

Author(s): Siegel, L. S.

Journal/Book: J Educ Psychol. 1999; 91: 750 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, USA. Amer Psychological Assoc. 20-28.

Abstract: This study examined whether the same component processes are involved in reading acquisition for native and nonnative speakers of English in the Ist grade. The performance of 88 children was examined on tasks assessing reading skill, phonological processing, and syntactic awareness. Fifty children were native English speakers (L1), and 38 children were from Punjabi-speaking families (ESL). Although measures of word recognition and phonological processing successfully discriminated between average and poor readers, they did not discriminate between the 2 language groups. Analyses of word reading errors revealed similar error patterns for ESL and L1 children, yet different error patterns for average and poor readers. For both L1 and ESL children, reading difficulties appear to be strongly linked with impaired phonological processing.

Note: Article Chiappe P, Univ British Columbia, Dept Educ Psychol & Special Educ, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, CANADA

Keyword(s): LEARNING-DISABLED CHILDREN; WORKING-MEMORY SKILLS; SPEECH-PERCEPTION; INDIVIDUAL-DIFFERENCES; AUDITORY-PERCEPTION; SENSITIVITY; DISABILITY; DEFICITS; ABILITY; ADULTS


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