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ERIC Number: ED471994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Patterns of Word Recognition Errors Among Adult Basic Education Native and Nonnative Speakers of English. NCSALL Research Brief.
Davidson, Rosalind Kasle; Strucker, John
The patterns of word recognition errors among native and nonnative speakers of English in adult basic education classes were compared in a study that focused on the 212 of the 676 learners in the Adult Reading Components Study who scored between grade equivalent (GE) 4 and 6 in word recognition. Key findings were as follows: (1) highly similar scores on decoding tests do not necessarily mean that people use similar decoding strategies; (2) the error patterns of native and nonnative English speakers differ; (3) error patterns among nonnative English speakers differ depending on whether exposure to English took place before or after age 12; (4) as readers, the nonnative English speakers more closely resembled normally developing young readers, whereas the native speakers more closely resembled children with learning disabilities. The following were among the study's implications: (1) adult literacy centers should consider offering different approaches to accommodate the needs of different kinds of intermediate readers; (2) teachers must know not only the phonics principles adult learners appear to have mastered but also those that they use automatically when they read; (3) future research should analyze both phonetically regular and nonphonetic words; and (4) a more refined error classification system could be beneficial. (MN)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: National Inst. on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, Boston, MA.