First and foreign language early reading abilities: The influence of musical perception

Maria Gomez-Dominguez, M. Carmen Fonseca-Mora, Francisco H. Machancoses
  • Psychology of Music, January 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0305735617746734

The influence of musical perception

What is it about?

There is a growing body of literature that recognises how music perception affects first-language learning, but much less is known about its influence on foreign-language reading skills. The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of music perception abilities on the acquisition of some foreign early reading skills based on their transference from first language. Data for this study were collected from 63 Spanish-speaking English-language learners studying second grade of primary school. We used a music perception test and the EGRA battery, which measures early reading skills in both languages. A mediation analysis using structural equation modelling was performed, integrating music perception and letter-sound knowledge, initial sound identification, and familiar word and pseudoword reading in Spanish and English. This research provides new insights into how music perception affects early reading skills in both languages. These findings indicate a transfer of music perception abilities to first-language alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness and word recognition skills that affect foreign language early reading abilities.

Why is it important?

To our knowledge, this article is significant and may appeal to the readership because this is one of the first reports showing the existence of a causal effect of musical perception abilities to first language alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness and word recognition skills that affect foreign language early reading abilities.

Perspectives

Dr MARIA GOMEZ DOMINGUEZ
Universidad de Huelva

This study indicates a close link between basic auditory analysis skills necessary for musical perception such as rhythmic and tonal discrimination and early reading abilities across L1 and FL, providing a clear evidence for the positive effect of musical perception on L1 and FL early reading skills.

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