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Title: Investigating the spelling performance of Maltese children
Authors: Zammit, Cristina
Agius, Rachael
Camilleri, Maria Noelle
Keywords: Spelling ability -- Malta
Spelling ability -- Testing
Literacy -- Malta
Spelling errors -- Malta
Language and languages -- Orthography and spelling
Issue Date: 2018-06
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Health Sciences
Citation: Agius, R., Camilleri, M. N., & Zammit, C. (2018). Investigating the spelling performance of Maltese children. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 5(1), 27-37.
Abstract: This research investigates Maltese word and non-word spelling abilities of Maltese children. A total of 82 typically developing students attending state and church schools in grades 4, 5 and 6 participated in the research. Spelling abilities were assessed using a standardized Maltese spelling test and a non-word spelling test developed for the purpose of this study. A comparison of the children’s performance in these tests was undertaken in terms of their grade, gender, school-type, school language and home language. Findings show that word and non-word spelling abilities are only significantly affected by grade and schoollanguage. Spelling patterns were analyzed and discussed in light of the dual route model. Four distinctive categories of spelling patterns emerged in this study, which indicated the use of lexical and sub-lexical processes. Overall, findings are discussed in relation to other similar studies.
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