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ERIC Number: ED085668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 150
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Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension of Negro Dialect Speakers in Negro Dialect and in Standard English.
Andreacchi, Joseph
This study examined whether dialect background interferes with the comprehension of school material due to structural and phonological differences and whether reading or listening is a more efficient mode for presentation of school material. The population of 304 black male adolescents was randomly assigned to four groups, and seven passages of school-related material were presented to each group in one of four methods: read in standard English, read in Negro dialect printed in standard English orthography, listen in standard English, and listen in Negro dialect. Multiple-choice questions in standard English form were asked all groups, in print for the two reading groups, and orally with the answers also presented in print for the two listening groups. No significant difference in comprehension performance was found between the dialect and standard English groups or between the reading and listening groups. Implications for further research include the need for dialect studies in expressive English and with younger children and the need for questioning the legitimacy of testing older dialect speakers in standard English. (Author/TO)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University