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Effects of Dialogical Reading in Danish Monolingual, Bilingual and Language Impaired Preschool Children

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Dias nummer 1 Effects of Dialogical Reading in Danish Monolingual, Bilingual and Language Impaired Preschool Children Kristine Jensen de López & Line Engel Clasen Clinic for Developmental Language Disorders, Cognitive Psychology Unit, Aalborg University, Denmark Introduction Dialogical reading, an intervention first designed by Whitehurst and colleges (1988), is an interactive reading activity in which adults engage children actively in the reading by using elaborative questioning techniques, emphasizing “wh”-questions and other open-ended questions. Previous studies have showed that dialogical reading improves children’s language abilities; the intervention has shown significant effect on children’s expressive vocabulary (Zevenbergen, Whitehurst & Zevenbergen, 2003) and their narrative abilities (Lever & Sénéchal, 2011). However, potential effects of dialogical reading on children’s cognitive abilities have not yet been investigated. Furthermore most studies are carried out with children acquiring North American English. The present study investigates the effects of a newly developed Danish 12-week intervention program called LæseLeg (in English: BookFun) based on Dialogical reading, exploring possible gains on vocabulary, narratives and cognitive aspects of language development for both monolingual, bilingual and language impaired children. Results Method Participants: 96 Danish speaking children aged 3-6 years (M=53.9 months, SD =9.0) participated in a randomized, controlled pretest-intervention-posttest- design with an active control group. 66 children were monolingual, 16 were bilingual and 17 were language impaired. Procedure: Children were matched on expressive vocabulary (EOWVPT) and assigned to either dialogical reading (N = 48, 43.8% females) or normal reading (active control) (N = 48, 45.8% females). Both groups participated in group-reading activities three times a week for a 12-week period: one with dial

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