ERIC Number: ED185844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
The Risks of Initial Reading Instruction in an Immersion English as a Second Language Situation.
Williams, Linda K.
The progress and problems of five Spanish-speaking fourth graders who have learned to read only in English are traced. An attempt is made to ascertain the relationship between oral fluency in Spanish and English and reading ability in English, the effects of dialect-based miscues on reading comprehension, and the types of reading strategies these students employ. Measurement tools used were the Bilingual Inventory of Natural Language and the Reading Miscue Inventory. The results of these are tabulated, and explained in detail with examples. Results of the study show a high degree of correlation between oral fluency in Spanish and English, and reading ability in English. Dialect-based miscues did not hamper reading comprehension; the students did not demonstrate a need to have the printed word make sense. However, the ESL teacher is mandated to stress the centrality of meaning in the reading process. (PMJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bilingual Inventory of Natural Language; Reading Miscue Inventory
Note: M.A. Thesis, San Diego State University.