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ERIC Number: ED159588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Hawaii Creole Speakers' Listening Comprehension Abilities in Standard English and Hawaii Creole. Technical Report No. 53.
Au, Kathryn H.; Speidel, Gisela E.
This study was conducted to determine if the low reading achievement of a group of Creole-speaking first and second graders was caused by lack of comprehension (due to dialect interference) of their Standard English texts. The materials used were three stories in Creole and three stories in Standard English. Because they had never encountered dialect texts, these stories were taped and the children were asked questions orally, in order not to bias the results. The children were tested at three different levels of difficulty appropriate to their grade levels. No difference in total number of correct responses was found between the Creole and Standard English selections. This finding is consistent with the results of other studies done with both Black and Hawaiian children. An important finding relating to reading achievement was that the children as groups comprehended story content poorly, even at their expected grade level. Since listening comprehension should be far above reading comprehension, it was suggested that more emphasis be given to increasing general comprehension skills in both listening and reading. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, HI. Kamehameha Early Education Project.
Identifiers: Hawaiian Creole English