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ERIC Number: ED003021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 162
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A SPEECH AND READING ENRICHMENT PROGRAM.
WEISS, RITA S.
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A SPEECH AND READING ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (SAREP) FOR TEACHING YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM IMPROVED SPEECH HABITS WAS TESTED AND EVALUATED. SAREP TEACHES CHILDREN HOW SOUNDS ARE FORMED WITH THE ORAL MECHANISM AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT LETTERS AND SOUNDS IN THE SCHOOL READING READINESS PROGRAM. TWO MATCHED GROUPS OF KINDERGARTEN PUPILS WERE UTILIZED AS EXPERIMENTAL AND CONTROL GROUPS. A BATTERY OF TESTS WAS DEVELOPED TO MEASURE THE SPEECH PROFICIENCY AND READING READINESS OF THE CHILDREN BEFORE AND AFTER THE 17-WEEK EXPERIMENTAL PERIOD. RESULTS OF THE SAREP STUDY APPEAR TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING CONCLUSIONS--(1) THE GENERAL SPEECH PROFICIENCY OF KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN WITH LESS SERIOUS SPEECH DEVIATIONS IS IMPROVED WITH 17 WEEKS OF SAREP, (2) PHONEMIC PROFICIENCY OF CHILDREN WITH MORE SERIOUS SPEECH DEVIATIONS IS BENEFITED, (3) THE HIGHER LEVELS OF SPEECH PROFICIENCY OF KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN EXPOSED TO 17 WEEKS OF SAREP ARE MATCHED SEVERAL MONTHS LATER IN THE FIRST GRADE BY CHILDREN WHO HAVE HAD NO SAREP TRAINING, AND (4) READING READINESS IS NOT ENHANCED BY THE 17 WEEKS OF SAREP. THE STUDY SUGGESTS THAT THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTION OF THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM TO KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN IS TO SPEED UP SPEECH DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE MORE SLOWLY WITHOUT SAREP. (WB)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder.
Identifiers: COLORADO; Colorado (Boulder); Speech and Reading Enrichment Program