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Academic Paper


Title: 'Early literacy in Arabic: An intervention study among Israeli Palestinian kindergartners'
Author: IrisLevin
Institution: 'Tel Aviv University'
Author: ElinorSaiegh-Haddad
Institution: 'Bar-Ilan University'
Author: NaremanHende
Institution: 'Tel Aviv University'
Author: MargalitZiv
Institution: 'Tel Aviv University'
Linguistic Field: 'Applied Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Writing Systems'
Subject Language: 'Arabic, Standard'
Abstract: Arabic Literacy acquisition was studied among Israeli Palestinian low socioeconomic status kindergartners within the framework of an intervention study, implemented by teachers. On pretest, letter naming, alphabetic awareness, and phonological awareness were very low. Whereas the comparison group hardly progressed throughout the year, the intervention group progressed substantially on all three skills. The diglossic nature of the Arabic letter name system was manifested in children's transition from a mixture of two systems to preference for standard over colloquial names following the intervention. As in other alphabets, visual similarity and adjacency increased letter confusability. The unique features of Arabic literacy are discussed.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 29, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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