ERIC Number: EJ1074944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Language Skills and Reading Comprehension in English Monolingual and Spanish-English Bilingual Children in Grades 2-5
Silverman, Rebecca D.; Proctor, C. Patrick; Harring, Jeffrey R.; Hartranft, Anna M.; Doyle, Brie; Zelinke, Sarah B.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v28 n9 p1381-1405 Nov 2015
The present study investigated language skills and reading comprehension with English monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual children in grades 2-5. Of the 377 children in the sample, 207 were English monolingual and 170 were Spanish-English bilingual. Data were collected within a cohort-sequential design for two academic years in the fall and spring of each year. Growth modeling was used to estimate initial status on measures of vocabulary breadth, vocabulary depth, morphological awareness, and syntactic skill. A latent variable was created to capture the construct of reading comprehension, and growth modeling was used to estimate growth and ending status in latent reading comprehension. Analyses controlling for initial status in word recognition investigated relationships between initial status in language skills and growth and ending status in reading comprehension. Results showed that initial status on vocabulary breadth was related to growth in reading comprehension and initial status in vocabulary depth and syntactic skill were related to ending status in reading comprehension. Limitations and implications for future research are discussed.
Descriptors: Language Skills, Reading Comprehension, Monolingualism, Bilingual Education, Spanish, English Instruction, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Investigations, Cohort Analysis, Vocabulary Skills, Vocabulary Development, Morphology (Languages), Syntax, Word Recognition, Language Acquisition, Reading Achievement, Predictor Variables
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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