ERIC Number: ED334565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Cross-Language Transfer of Phonemic Awareness. Technical Report No. 541.
Durgunoglu, Aydin Y.; And Others
A study investigated the factors influencing the English word identification performance of Spanish-speaking beginning readers. Thirty-two Spanish-speaking students (in kindergarten and first grade) from two urban schools who were identified as beginning, nonfluent readers were administered tests of letter naming, Spanish phonemic awareness, Spanish and English word recognition, and Spanish and English oral proficiency. Multiple regression analyses revealed that the readers' performance on English word and pseudoword recognition tests was predicted by the levels of both Spanish phonemic awareness and Spanish word recognition, thus indicating cross-language transfer. In contrast, neither English nor Spanish oral proficiency affected word identification performance. Results suggest a specific way in which first language learning and experience can aid children in the beginning stages of reading. (Four tables of data are included; 70 references and an appendix of words in the matching test are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.