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ERIC Number: EJ698786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
Pages: 10
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-0671
Reading Test Performance of English-Language Learners Using an English Dictionary.
Albus, Debra; Thurlow, Martha; Liu, Kristin; Bielinski, John
Journal of Educational Research, v98 n4 p245 Mar 2005
The authors examined the effects of a simplified English dictionary accommodation on the reading-test performance of Hmong English-language learners (ELLs). Participants included a control group of 69 non-ELL students and an experimental group of 133 Hmong ELLs from 3 urban middle schools in Minnesota. In a randomized counterbalanced design, all students interpreted 2 reading passages, with and without an English dictionary, varying passage order and order of accommodation. Using a repeated measures analysis of variance, the authors found no significant difference in comprehension scores for students in either group under the accommodated condition. However, intermediate-level English proficiency students in the Hmong ELL group who used the dictionary in the accommodated condition performed better than did the control group at a level that was moderately significant. Other dictionary-related issues are discussed.Key words: accommodation, dictionary, English-language learners, limited English-language proficiency, testing
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; United Kingdom (Reading)