Dialect Variation and Reading: Is Change in Nonmainstream American English Use Related to Reading Achievement in First and Second Grades?

Terry, Connor, Petscher, and Conlin reported that children increased their Mainstream American English (MAE) production during 1st grade and maintained levels in the 2nd grade. Increasing MAE use was predicted by expressive vocabulary and nonword repetition skills at the beginning of 1st grade. The more children increased their MAE production, the greater their reading gains from 1st grade through 2nd grade. The findings extend previous reports of a significant association between Nonmainstream American English use and specific reading skills among young children.

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 2012, 55, 55-69

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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