ERIC Number: EJ785019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Analysis of English Language Learners' Word Decoding and Reading Comprehension
Nakamoto, Jonathan; Lindsey, Kim A.; Manis, Franklin R.
Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, v20 n7 p691-719 Oct 2007
This longitudinal investigation examined word decoding and reading comprehension measures from first grade through sixth grade for a sample of Spanish-speaking English language learners (ELLs). The sample included 261 children (average age of 7.2 years; 120 boys; 141 girls) at the initial data collection in first grade. The ELLs' word decoding and reading comprehension scores showed quadratic growth over the course of the study. The sample's reading comprehension, but not their word decoding, began to fall behind the normative sample starting in the third grade. Phonological awareness, rapid automatic naming (RAN), and oral language measures were used as predictors and correlated with growth rates in a manner consistent with past research.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Age, Oral Language, Phonological Awareness, Second Language Learning, Decoding (Reading), Elementary School Students, Reading Skills, Longitudinal Studies, Measures (Individuals), English (Second Language), Correlation, Scores
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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