Literacy and Phonological Awareness in Arabic Speaking Children
AbstractA large body of research to date has focused on the link between phonological awareness (PA), emergent literacy, and reading success. The bulk of research on the relationship between PA and literacy has been conducted on children who speak English and European languages. It is unclear, however, how this relationship presents itself in Arabic speaking children. The aim of the current study was to address the relationship between PA and literacy skills in Arabic-speaking Kuwaiti children who read in the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) orthography. A longitudinal design was used. Participants were a group of children in the first grade, and data were collected twice during the school year. Children were assessed via PA tasks at the level of syllables, rhymes, and phonemes; as well as via a single word reading task, and a letter knowledge task (letter-sound recognition). Longitudinal results indicated a general improvement in PA skills once literacy training had been introduced. A need for further research into this area, as well as a need for standardized tests in the Arabic language is suggested.
Jan 27, 2017
How to Cite
AL-SULAIHIM, Nailah; MARINIS, Theodorous. Literacy and Phonological Awareness in Arabic Speaking Children. Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1, p. 74-90, jan. 2017. ISSN 2490-4198. Available at: <http://arjals.com/index.php/Arab_Journal_Applied_Linguistics/article/view/100>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021.
Phonological awareness, Arabic literacy development, word reading, letter knowledge
By submitting to AJAL, authors agree to the following terms:
- Authors grant the journal right of first publication, with the work for an indefinite period of time after publication.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.