Effect of synthetic phonics instruction on literacy skills in an ESL setting

Nishanimut, S. P. and Johnston, R. S. and Joshi, R. M. and Thomas, P. J. and Padakannaya, P. (2013) Effect of synthetic phonics instruction on literacy skills in an ESL setting. Learning and Individual Differences, 27. pp. 47-53. ISSN 1041-6080

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2013.06.007


In the present study, the effectiveness of a synthetic phonics approach to teaching 10. year old Kannada-speaking children to read English was compared with a modified approach whereby the English letter sounds were also represented by the symbols used in Kannada, thus tapping into pre-existing graphophonological awareness skills. After 5-weeks of instruction, participants taught by the Kannada-mediated synthetic phonics approach performed significantly better on the reading, spelling, and graphophonological tasks than the group taught by synthetic phonics using only English letter-sound correspondences, who in turn performed better than the comparison group taught by the standard non-phonic classroom method. Applying the metalinguistic knowledge of the first language seems to have been beneficial in developing literacy skills in English.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > Psychology
Divisions: Department of > Psychology
Depositing User: Arshiya Kousar
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2019 06:30
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 06:30
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/9111

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