ERIC Number: ED098501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Word Identification for ESL [English as a Second Language] Readers.
Narang, Virginia; And Others
Word identification involves many possible strategies in order for the reader to familiarize himself with vocabulary to gain meaning. One strategy is the development of sight vocabulary; another is phonetic analysis, which includes sound-symbol correspondence, syllabication, and accent; and a final strategy is structural analysis, which includes roots, compound words, inflected endings, prefixes, suffixes, and contractions. The reader, however, should not become totally dependent on these strategies; such dependency could result in serious problems. Elementary level English as a Second Language (ESL) readers will have varying degrees of difficulty in identifying words, depending on the nature of their native script and the transfer to English print. Word identification may or may not be an important aspect to a reading program for the individual reader. It is important, however, that the ESL reader be familiar with the multitude of ways of identifying words in order to gain meaning. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bristol Community Coll., Fall River, MA.