Author Credentials

Sister Cor Marie Cielocha, S.S.N.D.

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Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Julitta Fisch, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading readiness; Reading programs


In the area in which the writer teaches, there are many children who apparently do not understand the concepts and even the pictures in the formal readiness program of the school system. The underlying hypothesis is that, if those children were given oral-language readiness, they would be able to do much better in beginning reading. A previous informal research study gave some weight to this idea. Therefore, this formal study was done in order to determine more accurately the value and the specific need for these children of the oral-language approach. Specific objectives were: 1) Will the oral-language emphasis increase the listening and speaking vocabulary of the culturally deprived child? 2) Do those who have difficulty in auditory and visual discrimination benefit from the enriched program? 3) Is there a noticeable change in the length and structure of the oral sentences used by these children after having had the enriched readiness program? Though the information obtained through this study is necessarily limited to a very small sampling, it is hoped that the approach will serve as a beginning in a much needed area of research concerning language development of the deprived child. Other experiments will undoubtedly be necessary before satisfactory solutions to the problem will be attained.


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