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ERIC Number: EJ1069873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
Linguistic and Literacy Predictors of Early Spelling in First and Second Language Learners
Keilty, Megan; Harrison, Gina L.
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquée, v18 n1 p87-106 2015
Error analyses using a multidimensional measure were conducted on the misspellings of Kindergarten children speaking English as a first (EL1) and English as a second language (ESL) in order to detect any differences in early spelling ability between language groups. Oral vocabulary, syntactic knowledge, phonological processing, letter/word reading, and alphabet writing fluency tasks were also administered. The speakers of EL1 and ESL achieved similar spelling sophistication scores despite lower oral vocabulary and syntactic knowledge for the ESL group. More sophisticated spelling approaches were related to better-developed phonological processing, syntactic knowledge, and early word reading irrespective of language status.
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Wide Range Achievement Test
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