ERIC Number: ED207326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Instrument Development for Informal Diagnosis of Hebrew as a Second Language Spelling Miscues.
An informal diagnostic spelling test of Hebrew as a second language was constructed and administered to 30 students, 8 boys and 22 girls, in a Jewish middle and high school. As evidenced by the subjects in this study, spelling errors in Hebrew tended to centralize in four areas: (1) the spelling patterns according to grammatical and phonetic rules, (2) the function words, (3) the stems as representing the morphophonemic level, and (4) the phonetic peculiarities. There is evidence that the subjects of this sample experienced difficulties mostly in the problematic area of similar phonemes represented by different graphemes. The diagnostic test suggested in this paper differentiates and scores spelling errors according to the four criteria mentioned above. The findings of this study provide evidence that the area of stems as representing the morphophonemic level is the most problematic area. Less problematic is the area of function words. The area of patterns of spelling according to rules is the most known area by the subjects of this sample. It appears that this type of error analysis may by efficient for individual diagnosis, as well as for group diagnosis. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M. Ed. Thesis, University of Pittsburgh.