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Causal-Effect of Cross-Language Transfer of Phonological Awareness

Title: Causal-Effect of Cross-Language Transfer of Phonological Awareness: A Randomized Control Trial.
Name(s): Wawire, Brenda A. (Brenda Aromu), author
Kim, Young-Suk, 1970-, professor co-directing dissertation
Southerland, Sherry A., 1962-, professor co-directing dissertation
Sunderman, Gretchen L., university representative
Myers, John P. (John Patrick), committee member
Zuilkowski, Stephanie S. (Stephanie Simmons), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Education, degree granting college
School of Teacher Education, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (89 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Research investigating the causal effect of cross language transfer of phonological awareness is limited. Using a randomized control trial, this study examined the causal effect of cross-language transfer of phonological awareness using data from multilingual first-grade children from Kenya. The sample comprised of (N = 300) children whose mother tongue (L1) was a local ethnic dialect of Kenya (i.e. Lunyala); who also speak the dominant language Swahili, the East African Lingua Franca; and are learning English in school through immersion. They were drawn from four public schools. Children from each school randomly assigned to a treatment and a control group. Participants in the treatment group received an eight-week letter knowledge and phonological awareness training that entailed metalinguistic games and exercises in Swahili in addition to their regular classroom instruction. The program was delivered three times a week in 20 minute sessions to small groups (N = 3 children per group). The control group received no treatment. The children were assessed on their letter knowledge, phonological awareness, word reading, oral reading fluency and receptive vocabulary in Swahili and English. The results revealed that children in the treatment group showed greater improvement in Swahili skills such as letter knowledge, phonological awareness, and word reading ability. Importantly, these children also showed statistically significant improvement in English letter sound knowledge and phonological awareness, indicating cross-language transfer. The outcomes between the two treatment conditions did not differ as function of vocabulary, language spoken at home, socio-economic status or absence from school. This study provides causal evidence about cross-language transfer of phonological awareness. High quality phonological and letter knowledge training in familiar language is important for classroom practioners in multilingual settings.
Identifier: FSU_SUMMER2017_Wawire_fsu_0071E_13755 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Teacher Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: March 20, 2017.
Keywords: cross langauge transfer, literacy acquisition, multilingual, phonological awareness
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Young-Suk G. Kim, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Sherry A. Southerland, Professor Co-Directing Dissertation; Gretchen L. Sunderman, University Representative; John P. Myers, Committee Member; Stephanie S. Zuilkowski, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Education
Language and languages
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Owner Institution: FSU

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