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ERIC Number: EJ1126552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Reading in Multilingual Learners of Urdu (L1), English (L2) and Arabic (L3)
Mirza, Amna; Gottardo, Alexandra; Chen, Xi
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v30 n1 p187-207 Jan 2017
The present study examined the language and literacy skills and their relations to each other in multilingual children, who have a broad range of oral and written language proficiency in each language that they "know". Reading and vocabulary skills were tested in 50 Canadian children (ages 6-10 years) who were Urdu-English speakers, learning Arabic. Reading skills were related to within-language oral proficiency and across languages with similar and different orthographies. The results suggest the need for hybrid models of language acquisition that combine language-general and language-specific components. The results also are discussed in terms of the need to consider the language and literacy skills of multilingual individuals in current theories of language and literacy acquisition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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