ERIC Number: ED039412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: N/A
Use of the Initial Teaching Alphabet in English as a Second Language. Classes for Spanish Speaking Adults.
Robinson, Byrl Elmer
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the use of the initial teaching alphabet (ITA) would have a beneficial effect upon English language learning when used with adult Spanish speaking students. The study consisted of five randomly selected English as a Second Language classes in the Los Angeles City Unified School District divided into two groups: one receiving instruction in traditional orthography (TO), and the other in IRA. The two were compared and analyzed statistically. Pre and post testing were employed to provide data. A questionnaire was submitted to the teachers of IRA and TO classes. Some of the results obtained indicated that: (a) the groups made statistically significant gains in the mean raw scores, but showed no significant differences on the final reading section raw scores of the California Achievement Tests, Upper Primary; (b) teachers were willing to continue the use of ITA in ESL classes but reacted pro and con about the value of the study. The use of ITA symbols in ESL classes for teaching selected vowels was strongly supported by the study. (Author/PT)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Conventional Instruction, Doctoral Dissertations, English (Second Language), Initial Teaching Alphabet, Language Instruction, Orthographic Symbols, Pretesting, Public School Adult Education, Questionnaires, Spanish Speaking, Statistical Analysis, Teacher Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: California Achievement Tests