ERIC Number: ED030841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan
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The Development of a Phonemic Analysis for an Oral English Proficiency Test for Spanish-Speaking School Beginners.
Jameson, Gloria Ruth
The major objectives of the research reported here were: to develop a phonological analysis to be used in determining the basic language problems of disadvantaged Spanish-speaking children; to develop an effective test for assessing the oral English of these children that could be used by a classroom teacher after only a brief training period; and to develop a test to measure a child's progress in oral English through elementary school. To achieve these objectives: (1) Literature in the field of English tests for non-native speakers was reviewed (Chapter II), and an outline contrastive analysis of English and Spanish was written (Chapter III). (2) Three revisions of a phonological analysis of oral English were developed and tested with groups of 48, 43, and 157 pupils. The findings of the test are discussed (Chapter IV) with recommendations for changes. (3) Anticipated phonological difficulties for the native Spanish-speaker and difficulties reported by the teachers of Spanish-speaking children were compared with the findings of the above detailed analysis, with confirmation or variations reported. (4) A summary was prepared of the findings of the phonological analysis, with a review of the variations in scoring when the same children were marked by different teachers (Chapter V). It is concluded that the Phonemic Analysis test can test oral English ability with a reliability of 85 percent or better. (See also AL 000 982). (JD)
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Bilingual Students, Diagnostic Tests, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language), Interference (Language), Language Tests, Oral English, Phonetic Analysis, Phonology, Preschool Children, Preschool Tests, Pronunciation, Spanish Speaking, Speech Skills, Statistical Analysis, Test Results, Verbal Tests
Learning Disability Center, 604 West 24th Street, University of Texas at Austin, Texas 78705 ($3.50 plus $0.50 postage).
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Sponsor: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
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Identifiers: Oral English Language Proficiency Tests; Texas (San Antonio)
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Texas, Austin, January, 1967.