ERIC Number: EJ937995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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The Role of Language of Instruction and Vocabulary in the English Phonological Awareness of Spanish-English Bilingual Children
San Francisco, Andrea Rolla; Carlo, Maria; August, Diane; Snow, Catherine E.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v27 n2 p229-246 2006
This study explores influences on bilingual children's phonological awareness (PA) performance in English, examining the role of language of instruction and vocabulary. English monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual kindergartners and first graders receiving either English or Spanish literacy instruction were assessed in English PA and in English and Spanish vocabulary, as appropriate. Spanish-instructed bilinguals were more likely than English-instructed bilinguals or English monolinguals to treat diphthongs as two units, reflecting their analysis in Spanish phonology and orthography. Surprisingly, unbalanced bilinguals dominant in either English or Spanish scored better on English PA than children with approximately equal scores on the English and the Spanish vocabulary test. This finding suggests that familiarity with many lexical items within a language constitutes a source of analyzable phonological knowledge.
Descriptors: Spanish, English, Bilingualism, Phonological Awareness, Language of Instruction, Vocabulary, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Young Children, Elementary School Students, Monolingualism, Literacy Education
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Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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