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ERIC Number: ED177538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Basic Vocabulary of Federal Social Program Applications and Forms.
Afflerbach, Peter P.; And Others
A study of the application forms for Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare was conducted to examine the frequently occurring unfamiliar, specialized vocabulary words. It was found that 76 such words occurred at least ten times in the documents studied. A large number of other unfamiliar words occurred less frequently. It was suggested that literacy programs seeking to develop functional reading skills might incorporate the most frequently found words in their classes, that alternative methods of eliciting required information could be found, and that the application forms might be simplified using plain language. (TJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association Great Lakes Regional Reading Conference (4th, Detroit, MI, October 18-20, 1979)