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ERIC Number: EJ750295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
Goats Don't Wear Coats: An Examination of Semantic Interference in Rhyming Assessments of Reading Readiness for English Language Learners
Moreira, Sylvia; Hamilton, Maryellen
Bilingual Research Journal, v30 n2 p547-557 Sum 2006
Rhyming tests have historically been used in the education system to assess reading readiness. English language learners (ELLs) have consistently scored poorly on these assessment tools. The current article examines a possible reason for this poor performance by ELLs. Specifically, the authors examined the relationship between semantic associations of visual images and performance on rhyming assessments for ELLs. Two groups of students, native English speakers and native Spanish speakers, were tested using a typical rhyming assessment tool. As expected, it was found that the native English speakers outperformed the native Spanish speakers. An analysis of the native Spanish speakers' errors revealed semantic interference. Educational implications of these findings are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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