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ERIC Number: EJ870681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1057-3569
Understanding Depth of Vocabulary Online with Bilingual and Monolingual Children
Proctor, C. Patrick; Uccelli, Paola; Dalton, Bridget; Snow, Catherine E.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, v25 n4 p311-333 2009
The sheer quantity of words known (breadth) is strongly predictive of reading comprehension, yet little is understood about how quality of word knowledge (depth) affects comprehension. A group of 35 bilingual and monolingual 5th-grade students worked on developing depth of knowledge of 8 words, culminating in an activity in which the students produced captions for images related to each word. The captions were scored using a 4-point depth scale, and similarities and differences between bilingual and monolingual students were assessed. Results indicated a significant effect of depth of word knowledge in predicting reading comprehension, particularly for students with average to strong oral language skills. (Contains 1 footnote, 6 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System; Woodcock Munoz Language Survey