Knowledge of spelling consonant clusters in young ESL learners: a study

Das, Kankan (2020) Knowledge of spelling consonant clusters in young ESL learners: a study. Language and Language Teaching, 9 (2). pp. 10-17. ISSN 2277-307X

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This study aims to examine children's knowledge of English consonant cluster in mono and disyllabic spelling skills. It looks at the development of consonant clusters across two grades in the lower primary section of an ESL school. A total of 41 subjects from Grades 2 and 3 participated in the study, with ages ranging from 7 to 9 years. A word dictation test of 30 words was used, in which the subjects had to listen to the words and write the spellings. The test took around 45 minutes. An analysis of the test results showed that the students of Grade 3 are more consistent in their knowledge of consonant clusters than the students of Grade 2. Further, students of both the grades used both phonological as well as orthographic cueing in spelling the words. Of the two cueings, orthographic cueing was more prominent in Grade 3 participants compared to Grade 2 participants.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Das, Kankan
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Spelling, Consonant clusters, ESL learners, Phonological cueing, Orthographic cueing
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
Full Text Status: Public
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