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ERIC Number: EJ757953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0922-4777
Literacy Ability and Phonological Processing Skills amongst Dyslexic and Non-Dyslexic Speakers of Arabic
Elbeheri, Gad; Everatt, John
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v20 n3 p273-294 Apr 2007
This paper investigates the relationship between phonological processing and reading ability amongst grade 4 and grade 5 Arabic speaking children in Egypt. In addition to measuring reading level, the study assessed the children's ability to identify rhymes, delete individual phonemes from words, retain and manipulate sequences of digit names and rapidly access verbal labels. Further literacy and literacy-related tasks required children to decode novel letter strings, to distinguish similar words, to identify words within letter chains and to correctly spell dictated text. A non-verbal ability measure was also included to allow comparisons to be made between a group of poor readers with good non-verbal skills (dyslexics) with a control group of chronological-age-matched normal readers with equivalent average scores on the non-verbal task. Results indicated relationships between literacy ability, decoding and phonological processing within this cohort, as well as identifying differences between dyslexic and control groups that suggest Arabic dyslexics show signs of poor phonological skills. The study supports the view that Arabic dyslexic children have impairments in the phonological processing domain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt