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ERIC Number: ED377674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May-16
Pages: 216
Abstractor: N/A
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Invented Spelling in the Writing Process: Applications for the Elementary EFL/ESL Classroom.
Lundblade, Shirley Mae
A study in Thailand investigated the relationship of invented spelling and writing skills among students of English as a Second Language (ESL). Subjects were 12 first-grade children, aged 6-7 years, in an international school. All were taught English, including writing, by the same method. Analysis of writing samples over the course of the year focused on patterns or changes in the spelling strategies used (conventional or invented), trends in spelling proficiency, and fluency of writing as measured by size and sophistication of vocabulary, output of stories, total words used, difficulty level of grammatical structures used, and several other criteria. Results indicate that the students using predominantly invented spelling in the writing process attained high scores on grade-level spelling tests, wrote with a larger and more sophisticated vocabulary, and used more complex sentence structures than those who used invented spelling to a more limited extent. Three case studies of children not included in the group and briefer case studies of each subject in the study are presented. Implications of the results for ESL classroom instruction are discussed. Tabulated data from the study are appended in 26 appendices. Contains 165 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand