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Languages 2017, 2(3), 13;

Rapid Automatic Naming Performance of Young Spanish–English Speaking Children

School of Communication Science and Disorders; Florida State University, 201 W. Bloxham, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
Florida Center for Reading Research, 2010 Levy Ave., Suite 100, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32310, USA
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Academic Editors: Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto, Usha Lakshmanan and Osmer Balam
Received: 20 May 2017 / Revised: 8 July 2017 / Accepted: 28 July 2017 / Published: 2 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bilingualism in the Hispanic and Lusophone World)
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The aim of this preliminary study was to examine the feasibility of a rapid automatic naming (RAN) task for young Spanish–English speaking dual language learners (DLLs) and to examine the relationship between children’s performance on RAN and other standardized language and literacy assessments. A total of 275 Spanish–English speaking children in kindergarten and first grade attempted a RAN task and completed assessments of language and early literacy. Correlational analyses and quantile regression was conducted to examine relationships. Overall the RAN task was feasible for 74% (n = 203) of the DLLs; however, 42% of participants in kindergarten were unable to complete the task. There was a moderate positive correlation between RAN performance and standard scores in receptive vocabulary and letter identification, a small positive correlation with non-verbal intelligence, and no significant relationship with phonological awareness. There was a differential relation between RAN and English sentence imitation. The results support further consideration of RAN as a feasible and useful measure for young Spanish–English speaking DLLs. View Full-Text
Keywords: developmental assessment; early literacy; English as a second language developmental assessment; early literacy; English as a second language

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Wood, C.L.; Bustamante, K.N.; Fitton, L.M.; Brown, D.M.; Petscher, Y. Rapid Automatic Naming Performance of Young Spanish–English Speaking Children. Languages 2017, 2, 13.

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