ERIC Number: ED255048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Cheap Ship Trips: A Preliminary Study of Some English Phonological Difficulties of Language-Minority Children and Their Relationship to Reading Achievement. Bilingual Education Paper Series, Vol. 7, No. 4.
Duncan, Sharon E.
A study of the pronunciation problems of language-minority children had as subjects 578 first, third, and fifth-graders from seven ethnolinguistic groups (urban and rural Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban-Americans, Franco-Americans, Native Americans, and Chinese-Americans) from low to low-middle income communities in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Louisiana, and New Mexico and 128 Anglo children from similar income groups. Results showed a significant positive relationship between phoneme production and reading achievement for some groups of third and fifth-graders, as well as for Anglo first-graders. The difficulty pattern varied across the ethnolinguistic groups, but the greatest pronunciation difficulty for the language-minority children was with the phonemes acquired last by first-language English speakers. While some phonological difficulties seem to disappear with increasing age for some groups, for others the difficulties are greater in the higher grades. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: American Indians, Chinese Americans, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cubans, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnic Groups, French, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 5, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Phonology, Pronunciation, Puerto Ricans, Reading Achievement, Spanish Speaking
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.