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Training mispronunciation correction and word meanings improves children’s ability to learn to read words

Dyson, H; Best, W; Solity, J; Hulme, C; (2017) Training mispronunciation correction and word meanings improves children’s ability to learn to read words. Scientific Studies of Reading , 21 (5) pp. 392-407. 10.1080/10888438.2017.1315424. Green open access

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Abstract

Previous research has suggested that learning to read irregular words depends upon knowledge of a word’s meaning and the ability to correct imperfect decoding attempts by reference to the known pronunciations of a word. In an experimental training study, 84 children ages 5–7 years were randomly assigned to an intervention or control group. Children in the intervention group participated in a 4-week programme in which they were taught to correct mispronunciations of spoken words as well as being taught the meanings of those words. Children in the control group received no additional teaching. The intervention group made significant gains in their ability to correct mispronunciations and to read and define the taught words; these gains also generalised to a comparable set of untaught control words. Children can be taught to correct errors in the pronunciation of irregular words, and this may produce generalised effects on learning to read.

Type: Article
Title: Training mispronunciation correction and word meanings improves children’s ability to learn to read words
Identifier: 10.1111/ddi.12632
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/10888438.2017.1315424
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10888438.2017.1315424
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1547580
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