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ERIC Number: EJ928415
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0141-0423
Cross-Language Transfer of Orthographic Processing Skills: A Study of French Children Who Learn English at School
Commissaire, Eva; Duncan, Lynne G.; Casalis, Severine
Journal of Research in Reading, v34 n1 p59-76 Feb 2011
This study explores the nature of orthographic processing skills among French-speaking children in Grades 6 and 8 who are learning English at school as a second language (L2). Two aspects of orthographic processing skills are thought to form a convergent construct in monolingual beginning readers: word-specific knowledge (e.g. "rain-rane") and sensitivity to sub-lexical regularities (e.g. "schoal-sckoal"). The present study examines these components in the first language (L1) reading of older children and charts the cross-language transfer of orthographic skills during the first 3 years of L2 learning. Word-specific orthographic knowledge in L2 correlates with L1 reading speed and results reveal direct cross-language transfer for this component of orthographic processing skill. However, no evidence is found for transfer of sensitivity to sub-lexical regularities. The concept of cross-language transfer in relation to these different components of orthographic processing is discussed with reference to L1 and L2 literacy skills in this school acquisition context. (Contains 3 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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