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Saiegh-Haddad, Elinor; Schiff, Rachel – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2016
All native speakers of Arabic read in a language variety that is remarkably distant from the one they use in everyday speech. The study tested the impact of this distance on reading accuracy and fluency by comparing reading of Standard Arabic (StA) words, used in StA only, versus Spoken Arabic (SpA) words, used in SpA too, among Arabic native…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Semitic Languages, Native Speakers, Vowels
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Kjeldsen, Ann-Christina; Kärnä, Antti; Niemi, Pekka; Olofsson, Åke; Witting, Katarina – Scientific Studies of Reading, 2014
The effects of a kindergarten training program in phonological awareness with 209 Swedish-speaking children were followed up until the end of Grade 9. Initial levels of letter knowledge and phonological awareness were positively associated with the level of decoding skill in Grade 3 but not with its growth afterward. The intervention group…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Phonological Awareness, Reading Instruction, Followup Studies