ERIC Number: ED343104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
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Aspects of Reading in ESL and L1 Students.
A study examined English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and native English speaking (L1) students' recall of propositional knowledge, story structure elements, inferential comprehension, and the types and frequencies of oral reading miscues. Reading tasks were administered to 30 students (aged 9 to 13) from each of the three linguistic groups (Cantonese, Vietnamese, Punjabi) and 30 native English speakers. The second language subjects were placed in 14 different ESL classrooms in British Columbia. The reading tasks were based on well-structured two-episode stories written for this purpose and were of similar readability. Unaided retelling was followed by prompts relative to each story proposition as well as five inferential questions. Retellings were transcribed and analyzed. Results indicated that, in the non-English groups: (1) story endings were interpreted differently; (2) inferential questions were handled differently; and (3) that the total number of miscues was higher. Findings suggest that caution may need to be exercised when making predictions about story endings with children from these language backgrounds. (One figure and two tables of data are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
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Identifiers - Location: Canada