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ERIC Number: ED556135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 357
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3035-4512-2
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Read-Aloud and the English Language Learner
Watson, Tanya Elaine
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
Reading aloud (read-aloud) is quickly progressing as a useful strategy on the middle school level, yet research has not adequately caught up with is use with special populations such as middle school students and English language learners (ELLs). The purpose of this study was to add to the limited research on the read-aloud instructional strategy with 9 ELLs and delineate effective strategies for this population to increase their reading comprehension. This study was framed by three theories applicable to these learners. It addressed the educational value of using multicultural and classic read-aloud texts as the basis of read aloud instruction, and proposed a specific sequence for the read-aloud protocol. Multiple data sources in open- and close-ended formats, including surveys, annotations, multiple written retellings, vocabulary activities, and assessments were used in a six-phase read-aloud protocol. Learners were provided with 27 read-aloud sessions, multiple experiences with the selections, and specific strategies to enhance reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Under mixed methods conditions, the read-aloud protocol developed for this group of ELLs revealed positive effects on reading comprehension, writing performance, and vocabulary knowledge. In addition, ELLs indicated preference for multicultural text types and exhibited greater reading comprehension when this text type was used. Further, the study confirmed the use of the cloze-maze tests as a valid assessment of reading comprehension, especially when used in conjunction with qualitative measures. Recommendations include the need for larger scale studies, and treatment and control group studies on the use of structured read-aloud designs with special populations, such as middle school students and ELLs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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