ERIC Number: EJ724159
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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Phoneme Awareness Is a Key Component of Alphabetic Literacy Skills in Consistent and Inconsistent Orthographies: Evidence from Czech and English Children
Caravolas, Marketa; Volin, Jan; Hulme, Charles
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v92 n2 p107-139 Oct 2005
Two studies investigated the importance of phoneme awareness relative to other predictors in the development of reading and spelling among children learning a consistent orthography (Czech) and an inconsistent orthography (English). In Study 1, structural equation models revealed that Czech (n=107) and English (n=71) data were fitted well by the same predictors of reading and spelling. Phoneme awareness was a unique predictor in all models. In Study 2, Czech (n=40) and English (n=27) children with dyslexia showed similar deficits on phoneme awareness relative to their age- and spelling-matched control peers. Phoneme awareness appears to be a core component skill of alphabetic literacy, which is equally important for learners of consistent and inconsistent orthographies.
Descriptors: Phonemes, Structural Equation Models, Slavic Languages, Spelling, Dyslexia, Literacy, Language Acquisition, Alphabets, Foreign Countries, Orthographic Symbols, English, Reading Skills, Predictor Variables
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Identifiers - Location: Czechoslovakia; United Kingdom