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ERIC Number: EJ1192998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
English Narrative Language Growth across the School Year: Young Spanish-English Dual Language Learners
Wood, Carla; Wofford, Mary Claire; Gabas, Clariebelle; Petscher, Yaacov
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v40 n1 p28-39 Nov 2018
This study aimed to describe the narrative retell performance of dual language learners (DLLs) in the fall and spring of the school year and examine predictive relationships. Participants included 74 DLLs in kindergarten and first grade from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Microstructural measures included number of different words (NDW), words per minute (WPM), and verb accuracy. Macrostructural measures included number of total story elements and number of different types of story elements. Path analysis models were used to test the relations among variables. Findings indicated that narrative measures were sensitive to developmental differences across the school year. Fall NDW performance in narrative retells was moderately related to both spring NDW and the total number of macrostructural elements in the spring. Spring WPM was uniquely predicted by fall WPM. Authors concluded that narrative retells are sensitive to developmental differences across a school year for DLLs. Findings support the use of narrative retell measures as a promising tool to examine and describe English language growth of young DLLs within a school year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Woodcock Reading Mastery Test
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A130460