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ERIC Number: EJ1163389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
How Simple Is Reading in Arabic? A Cross-Sectional Investigation of Reading Comprehension from First to Sixth Grade
Asadi, Ibrahim A.; Khateb, Asaid; Shany, Michal
Journal of Research in Reading, v40 suppl pS1-S22 Dec 2017
This study aimed to examine, from a cross-sectional perspective, the extent to which the simple view of reading (SVR) model can be adapted to the Arabic language. This was carried out by verifying, in both beginning and more skilled readers, whether the unique orthographical and morphological characteristics of Arabic contribute to reading comprehension beyond decoding and listening comprehension abilities. Reading comprehension was evaluated in a large sample of first to sixth-grade Arabic-speaking children. The participants' decoding and listening comprehension abilities were investigated together with their orthographic and morphological knowledge. Path analysis indicated that reading comprehension was moderately explained by the SVR (56-38%). Orthographic and morphological knowledge explained an additional 10-22% of the variance beyond that explained by the basic SVR components. These findings demonstrate that certain linguistic aspects of Arabic impact reading processes differently when compared with other languages. The psycholinguistic implications of these findings are discussed in the light of previous findings in the literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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