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ERIC Number: ED134996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 10
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The Oral English of Mexican American Spanish-Speaking Students in a Monolingual and Bilingual School Setting: An Analysis of Syntactic and Morphological Development.
Lira, Juan
In order to compare methods of instructing Spanish-speaking children in oral English, 11 children were randomly assigned to the control group--instruction conducted in English using the Peabody Development Kit (PDK)--while 12 children were assigned to the experimental group--bilingual instruction using the PDK. At the outset, all children were reading English at least one grade level below grade placement, were experiencing difficulty in speaking fluently in English, came from homes where Spanish was the dominant language, and had similar English syntactical performance. The pretest and posttest sequence measured English morphology and syntax. Results of the posttests supported the null hypothesis--that there would be no significant difference in morphological development. Tape-recorded samples of oral language (the children telling stories) showed that the control group gained two more T-units than did the experimental group but that the control group remained static in the number of words used per T-unit, while the experimental group increased by two words. (The hypothesis for syntax could not be accepted or rejected.) (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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