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READING COMPREHENSION AMONG PONTIAN GREEK STUDENTS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION DURING UPPER ELEMENTARY YEARS

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Reading comprehension skills are viewed as essential not only to academic learning, but also to life-long learning. This study assessed reading comprehension among Pontian Greek elementary students from the Former Soviet Union (Greek FSU-Pontians), one the largest minority groups found in Greek schools frequently identified as demonstrating low academic performance. By assessing Greek FSU-Pontian students' reading comprehension, one potential contributing factor influencing their low academic performance was investigated. A matched sample of 188 students attending the highest three years of Greek elementary school participated: 94 Greek FSU-Pontian students (47 boys, 47 girls) and 94 Greek classmates (47 boys, 47 girls). Youth were assessed using a Greek language acquisition competence test that included two subtests of reading comprehension. Results indicated that these Greek FSU-Pontian students perform similarly to their Greek counterparts on standardized reading comprehension assessments and their proficiency with the Modern Greek language is comparable to native Greek-speaking peers. Implications for the future research are presented.

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FSU-Pontian students, bilingualism, diglossia, reading comprehension

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Michalopoulou L. E. & Schaefer B. A., (2015) “READING COMPREHENSION AMONG PONTIAN GREEK STUDENTS FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION DURING UPPER ELEMENTARY YEARS”, Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching 22(0). p.47-61.

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Lito E. Michalopoulou (Pennsylvania State University)
Barbara A. Schaefer (Pennsylvania State University)

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