ERIC Number: ED336965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Testing the Transfer Paradigm in Second Language Learning: The Case of Spelling Skills.
Rodriguez-Brown, Flora V.
A study investigated the language transfer hypothesis in the specific area of second-language spelling. Data collected from 84 secondary school students learning Spanish as a second language show that in general, performance in English spelling is the best predictor of performance in Spanish spelling. Other variables included performance on a cognate test, learning strategies, sex, and grade. When good and poor spellers were separated, the data indicated that good spellers favored visual and/or context-related strategies to spell in both Spanish and English. In contrast, poor spellers favored a decoding strategy. Results also indicate that transfer of spelling strategies occurs between the students' first and second languages. It is suggested that the study opens new issues for exploration, such as how to facilitate transfer of skills from first to second language in good spellers while enhancing the use of alternative skills in poor spellers. An 11-item bibliography is included. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Theory, Research and Applications: Selected Papers from the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Bilingual Education (16th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 3, 1987); see FL 019 511.