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ERIC Number: EJ1085449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Language Deficits in Poor L2 Comprehenders: The Simple View
Sparks, Richard L.
Foreign Language Annals, v48 n4 p635-658 Win 2015
The simple view of reading (SVR) model proposes that reading comprehension is the product of word decoding and language comprehension, and that both components make independent contributions to reading skill (Gough & Tunmer, 1986). The model posits that there are good readers and three types of poor readers--dyslexic, hyperlexic, and garden variety--who exhibit different profiles of strengths and/or deficits in word decoding and language comprehension. In this study, 165 first- and second-year high school students studying Spanish as a second language in the United States were administered standardized measures of Spanish word decoding, pseudoword decoding, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Participants' scores were compared to monolingual Spanish readers from grades 1 to 9 and then classified according to SVR reader types. The majority of students met the hyperlexic profile (good word decoding, poor reading comprehension). No participant fit the dyslexic criteria (poor decoding, good reading comprehension), and none met the good reader criteria (good word decoding, good reading comprehension) at a level higher than that of second-grade monolingual Spanish learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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