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ERIC Number: ED172532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Transfer of Reading Skills From First to Second Language: The Report of an Experiment with Spanish Speakers Learning English.
Deemer, Holly Beth
Certain aspects of the reading process have suggested that second language reading skills are determined to some extent by native language reading skills. Some of this research is reviewed here and an experiment is described in which the reading skills in Spanish and English of three groups of Spanish speakers learning English are compared. Comprehension tests were given to each of the groups. Two articles from "The Readers Digest," one in English and one in Spanish, were used for the speech comprehension tests, and cloze tests were used to measure intensive reading comprehension. It is shown that the highest English proficiency group had a strong significant correlation between reading skills in the two languages, the middle group had a slight correlation, and the beginners had no correlation. It is concluded that reading for meaning is a skill which is non-language-specific and so is transferred to a foreign language that is being learned. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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