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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Spelling and word recognition in Grades 1 and 2: Relations to phonological awareness and naming speed in Dutch children
Author: Wim G Verhagen
Institution: De Bouwsteen School for Special Education
Author: Cora J Aarnoute
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Author: Jan F van Leeuwe
Institution: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: The influences of early phonological awareness and naming speed on Dutch children's later word spelling were investigated in a longitudinal study. Phonological awareness and naming speed predicted spelling in early Grade 1, later Grade 1, and later Grade 2. Phonological awareness, however, predominated over naming speed for the prediction of early Grade 1 spelling. Comparison of the present results with those from an earlier study of children's word recognition using the same dataset and also structural equation modeling showed word recognition speed at the ends of Grades 1 and 2 in the earlier study to be uniquely predicted by early naming speed. Nonetheless, naming speed may measure almost the same in word recognition and word spelling accuracy.

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