French Levelled Readers: Their Efficacy in Measuring Literacy

By Stephanie Leveille, Michèle Minor-Corriveau, Ali Reguigui and Roxanne Bélanger.

Published by The International Journal of Literacies

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Levelled readers have been employed equivalently in French as they have in English, to measure children's reading comprehension and fluency. Translating and adapting levelled books from one language to another presents many challenges and requires one to take into account not only the number of words per sentence or page, but also linguistic complexity (syllabic structure and complexity, lexical availability and lexical frequency). Though some information has been documented with respect to the criteria used to grade these levelled readers according to vocabulary, punctuation and formatting, no formal validation study has been performed on the French GB+ levelled readers. This study aims to evaluate whether the current and widely used French levelled readers, GB +, published by Cheneliere Éducation, are graded according to linguistic complexity.

Keywords: Levelled reading, Syllable, Phonemic Awareness, Linguistic, Lexicometric, Syllabic Complexity, Linguistic Complexity, GB+ Evaluation Toolkit, Specific Vocabulary, Frequent Words, Transparent Words

The International Journal of Literacies, Volume 22, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.1-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 26, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 758.379KB)).

Stephanie Leveille

Graduate Student, Speech-Language Pathology Program, Laurentian University - Université Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Stéphannie Leveillé is a graduate student currently pursuing her Master's in Speech-Language Pathology at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Michèle Minor-Corriveau

Associate Professor, Speech-Language Pathology Programme, Bachelor’s Programme in Health Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology) - Master's Programme in Health Sciences (Speech-Language Pathology), Laurentian University – Université Laurentienne, Azilda, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Ali Reguigui

Full Professor, Département d'études françaises / French studies Department, Université Laurentienne / Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Roxanne Bélanger

Associate Professor, Department of French Studies, Bachelor's Program in Health Sciences - Baccalauréat ès sciences de la santé (orthophonie), Laurentian University - Université Laurentienne, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Roxanne received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2002 from Ottawa University. Since this time, she is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologist of Ontario (CASLPO). Roxanne presently works with preschool and school aged children at the Children’s Treatment Centre at Health Sciences North. Since 2009, she lectures at Laurentian University as an Associate Professor in the Baccalauréat ès sciences de la santé (orthophonie), a new undergraduate program aimed at studying speech and language sciences. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Human Studies at Laurentian University, a program with a strong interdisciplinary orientation.