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Cockcroft, Kate – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2016
This study compared bilingual and monolingual school beginners on measures of simple and complex verbal working memory and receptive and expressive vocabulary. The aim was to determine whether the tests of working memory are fairer measures of language ability than the vocabulary tests for bilingual children when tested in their second language.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Verbal Communication
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Wilsenach, Carien – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2015
This study explored receptive vocabulary size and early literacy skills (namely: letter naming, knowledge of phoneme-grapheme correspondences and early writing) in emergent bilingual Northern Sotho-English children. Two groups of Grade 1 learners were tested in both English and in Northern Sotho. Group 1 (N = 49) received their formal schooling in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 1, Elementary School Students, Receptive Language
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van Zyl, Erna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2011
The research reported in this article was conducted from a socio-environmental perspective on learners' school readiness when entering Grade 1, as well as their school performance in Grade 1 and again in Grade 4. The relation between school readiness and performance in Home Language and Numeracy in Grade 1, and performance in the same learning…
Descriptors: Correlation, School Readiness, Grade 1, Grade 4
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O'Carroll, Shelley – Reading & Writing: Journal of the Reading Association of South Africa, 2011
This paper explores one aspect of early literacy development in a low socio-economic context in South Africa. Assessments conducted with a sample of children from two disadvantaged communities in Cape Town indicated that in this context, almost half of the learners entering Grade One were unable to recognise any letters. A Grade R intervention…
Descriptors: Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Emergent Literacy, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries