The cross-language transfer of phonological skills of hispanic head start children

Lisa M. López, Daryl B. Greenfield

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Abstract

This article determines the interlanguage relationships between oral language skills and phonological awareness abilities in 100 Spanish-speaking Head Start children learning English. Children's oral language abilities, measured using the pre-Language Assessment Scale 2000, along with their phonological awareness, measured using the Phonological Sensitivity Test, were assessed in both English and Spanish. A hierarchical multiple regression was conducted in which the unique variance of oral proficiency in each language and phonological awareness in Spanish indicated an effect on performance for phonological awareness tasks in English, with Spanish phonological awareness and English oral proficiency accounting for the most variance. Results suggest strengthening the language and metalinguistic skills of these children in their first language as a tool for later acquiring English literacy skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalBilingual Research Journal
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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Cross-language Transfer
Head Start
Phonological Awareness
Phonological Skills
speaking
literacy
regression
learning
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Language
Proficiency
Oral Language
Strengthening
Language Assessment
Metalinguistics
Literacy Skills
Language Skills
Learning English

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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The cross-language transfer of phonological skills of hispanic head start children. / López, Lisa M.; Greenfield, Daryl B.

In: Bilingual Research Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, 01.01.2004, p. 1-18.

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