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ERIC Number: ED255048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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.