The Influence of Vocabulary on Reading Comprehension in Dual Language Learners

Lama K. Farran

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The connection between language and reading is well established in monolingual children but not well understood in dual language learners (DLLs) who learn Arabic, a Semitic language characterized by diglossia. This study examines the relationship between language (vocabulary) and reading comprehension in English-Arabic DLLs. Results indicate that vocabulary predict reading comprehension both within and across languages of DLLs. Recommendations for practicing teachers of DLLs are underscored. 


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