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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report    

TR 45. Effects of Controlled, Primerese Language on the Reading Process

By Paul Ammon, Charles Elster, Herbert D. Simons

Summary: Millions of American children have received beginning reading instruction based on "controlled" texts in which words from a restricted vocabulary are used repeatedly in short sentences. To determine whether such "primerese" language makes learning to read easier or more difficult, the authors rewrote four primerese stories from basal readers to use more "natural" language. They then compared the effects of the original versus the rewritten texts on the reading process and reading comprehension of first graders. December, 1990; 22 pages.

TR 45. Effects of Controlled, Primerese Language on the Reading Process
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