061ms Exploration of the link between oral language and learning disabilities among English language learners

Lisa Pray

Abstract


The investigator compared the linguistic characteristics of Spanish and English language samples taken of English language learners (ELLs) diagnosed with an academic learning disability and ELLs in general education to determine if the errors and characteristics of their language use differ. The findings indicate no statistical difference in the error ratios found in the Spanish samples of students in general education and those diagnosed with a learning disability. There was a statistically significant difference in the morphological error ratios of the English language samples when comparisons were made across program type. Comparisons within program type indicate a slight difference in the English morphological error ratios for students with an LD diagnosis.

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