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ERIC Number: ED100143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Pages: 21
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The Production and Recognition of Grammatical and Ungrammatical English Word Sequences by Bilingual Children.
Pialorsi, Frank Paul
The present paper reports on a study conducted in 1973, designed to measure the English competence and performance of bilingual fourth graders in selected schools in southern Arizona and the extent to which the first language (Spanish) interfered with the second (English). The study also attempted to determine which patterns might yet be unlearned by both native English speakers and nonnative English speakers. A test of basic English sentence types for bilingual children was constructed and adminstered to 90 native Spanish-speaking fourth graders who had participated for three or more years in any of three bilingual programs or any of two nonbilingual programs.The groups were further classified as urban and border. In addition, part 1 of the test was given to 20 native English speakers at the fourth grade level. It was concluded that: (1) the native English speakers had less difficulty in identifying the correct sentence types than the bilingual groups had; (2) the native Spanish-speaking groups showed no significant differences in their production performances; (3) the nonbilingual program groups seem to have an advantage in their ability to identify correct English sequences. Appended to the report are the personal data sheet completed by the students, test designs, and parts 1 and 2 of the test. (Author/PMP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of TESOL (8th, Denver, Colorado, March 1974)