Undergraduate honors thesis / Opt-Out
English speaking students learning to read Hebrew (L2) would benefit greatly from a measuring
tool which can predict future reading abilities from before the time that they learn to read. This is
important because measures which identify students at risk for future difficulties reading allow
schools to implement early interventions, a way of preventing or strongly reducing any
difficulties reading. Letter Naming Fluency (LNF) has proven to be a reliable and valid
predictive measure of future reading abilities in English, and there is much reason to believe this
would apply to students learning Hebrew as well. This pilot study tests a Hebrew LNF measure
for its reliability and validity and ability to predict future Hebrew reading abilities in English
speaking students. Results of the pilot study (N=119) show reliability and validity of the LNF
forms as well as evidence for correlations between kindergarten LNF scores and first grade end
of year reading abilities. These results yield implications for education in Jewish Day schools
and beyond, which are discussed.
Hagler, S. (2022, May 25). Applying English Letter Naming Frequency Measures to English Speaking Students Learning to Read Hebrew. Undergraduate honors thesis, Yeshiva University.
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