APJDD Vol 4 No 2 (July 2017)

APJDD Vol 4 No 2 (July 2017)

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Editorial Comment

Editorial Comment

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Investigation of cognitive factors related to Filipino and English reading literacy of third-grade Filipino children

Investigation of cognitive factors related to Filipino and English reading literacy of third-grade Filipino children

Lhannie Estrera1 and Akira Uno1

1 University of Tsukuba

Abstract

This study investigated the cognitive factors relating to the reading of a relatively transparent and an opaque script: Filipino and English. The characteristics of cognitive skills of good and poor readers of Filipino and English were also examined. A total of 98 Filipino third-grade children studying in Manila were assessed for their phonological skills, visual processing skills, receptive vocabulary, nonverbal intelligence and reading literacy skills in Filipino and English. Results of multiple regression analyses revealed that phonological awareness and naming speed were significant predictors for both Filipino and English reading. However, receptive vocabulary significantly predicted English reading, but not Filipino reading. Comparison of readers showed similar results in which poor readers showed significantly poor performance in phonological processes and naming speed in both Filipino and English. A significant difference was also found for receptive vocabulary between poor and good readers in English, but not in Filipino. It is likely that the difference in orthographic depth affected the degree of contribution of vocabulary towards reading in Filipino and English. Current findings have implications on assessing children with reading difficulties. Further research is recommended to have more in-depth understanding of reading for Filipino children.

Keywords: cognitive skills, Filipino reading, English reading

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Exploring the classroom practices of the English Exam Skills Programme for Singaporean primary school children

Exploring the classroom practices of the English Exam Skills Programme for Singaporean primary school children

Edmen Leong1, Siti Asjamiah1, Andy Wang1

1 Dyslexia Association of Singapore

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Dyslexia and Champion L.I.R.M: Outcomes of a research study based on treatment of cross patterns

Dyslexia and Champion L.I.R.M: Outcomes of a research study based on treatment of cross patterns

Piero Crispiani1 and Eleonora Palmieri2

1 University Macerate, Italy

2 Victor Center Macerata, Italy

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