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Reading Comprehension Sub-Skills: Teachers' Perceptions Of Content In An Eap Test, Tom Lumley Dec 1992

Reading Comprehension Sub-Skills: Teachers' Perceptions Of Content In An Eap Test, Tom Lumley

Dr Tom Lumley

This study examines the place of sub skills in English as second language (ESL) syllabus and test design, with particular attention to the enduring influence of Munby (1978). Rasch analysis of item difficulty and the use of Rasch Item Response Theory (IRT) are discussed.


Lexical Development In Bilingual Infants And Toddlers: Comparison To Monolingual Norms, Barbara Zurer Pearson, Sylvia C. Fernandez, D.Kimbrough Oller Dec 1992

Lexical Development In Bilingual Infants And Toddlers: Comparison To Monolingual Norms, Barbara Zurer Pearson, Sylvia C. Fernandez, D.Kimbrough Oller

Barbara Zurer Pearson

This study compares lexical development in a sample of 25 simultaneous bilingual and 35 monolingual children for whom semilongitudinal data were collected between the ages of 8 and 30 months. A standardized parent report form, the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory (1989), was used to assess the children's receptive and productive vocabulary in English and/or Spanish. A methodology was devised to assess the degree of overlap between the bilingual children's lexical knowledge in one language and their knowledge in the other. Using the measures presented here, there was no statistical basis for concluding that the bilingual children were ...