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Exploring linguistic transfer in bilingual children through repeated igital picture book reading

Sucuoğlu, E. (2023) Exploring linguistic transfer in bilingual children through repeated igital picture book reading.

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Abstract:This study investigated the effect of repeatedly reading a digital picture book on the vocabulary development of Turkish-Dutch speaking children compared to only Dutch speaking children. The study aimed to explore the value of repeated reading in both languages, whether it enhances linguistic transfer, and whether the Home Literacy Environment (HLE) correlates with vocabulary knowledge and development. Forty-two children aged 4 and 5, and their caregivers participated in this study. All children were read a digital story three times. A group of Turkish-Dutch children and a group of Dutch children heard the story in Dutch for all three readings, and another group of Turkish-Dutch children heard the story in Turkish for the first reading and in Dutch consecutive two times. The HLE was measured with a questionnaire for the caregivers. Results indicated that all groups made similar progress over time, but there was no additional benefit to reading the story once in Turkish. Turkish-Dutch children had a higher vocabulary in Dutch than in Turkish vocabulary. A rich HLE with more books, games and literacy activities, was associated with higher vocabulary knowledge, resulting in vocabulary development. The study highlights the importance of creating a rich HLE and promoting repeated readings.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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