A study of the effects of a multisensory communicative approach to English language acquisition of kindergarten children in Singapore Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of an experimental approach to English language acquisition among preschool children attending low-cost community kindergartens in Singapore. Group and sex differences in the performance of four language tasks, as well as the effect of the interaction between group and sex and the relationship among the dependent variables, were investigated. A posttest-only control-group design was adopted for the study. The total sample consisted of 128 kindergarten children selected through a nested sampling procedure using intact classrooms as experimental units. Each of the two groups, experimental and control, was composed of 32 males and 32 females. The experimental group was exposed to the Multi-sensory Communicative Approach designed for this study, while the control group used the traditional approach to language instruction. Both groups were tested after six months of treatment. Children were administered four language tasks: Word Knowledge, Following Instructions, Story Comprehension, and Verbal Fluency. Data were collected through an interview procedure at the kindergarten center. The statistical tools employed for the analysis of the data were the two-factor analysis of variance, the F-statistic, the t-test, and the Pearson Correlation. Four null hypotheses were tested. The null hypotheses on group differences in language performance and the relationship among the four dependent variables were rejected. However, the null hypotheses on sex differences and interaction of sex and group could not be rejected.
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