The Effect of Learning English (L2) on Learning of Arabic Literacy (L1) in the Primary School

Abdelaziz M. Hussien

Abstract


This study investigated the effect of learning English (L2) on learning to read and spell connected texts accurately in Arabic (L1). The author selected a sample of 83 (38 males and 45 females; 45 bilinguals and 38 monolinguals) native Arabic-speaking fourth-graders in Egypt. Students completed the author-developed Oral Reading Accuracy Measure and Spelling Accuracy Measure. Interestingly, results revealed that the bilingual (Arabic-English) students performed better than their monolingual (Arabic) counterparts on the two literacy variables: oral reading accuracy (ORA) and spelling accuracy (SA). The discussion concludes that learning English (L2) has a positive effect on students’ oral reading accuracy and spelling accuracy in Arabic (L1).


Full Text: PDF DOI: 10.5539/ies.v7n3p88

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