Chinese and English reading-related skills in L1 and L2 Chinese-speaking children in Hong Kong

Yanling ZHOU, Catherine MCBRIDE, Judy Sze Man LEUNG, Ying WANG, Malatesha JOSHI, JoAnn FARVER

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Abstract

Both Chinese and English literacy-related measures and cognitive-linguistic behavioural tasks were tested in second and third graders who were L1 (N = 29) and L2 Chinese speakers (N = 34), in order to answer the following question: How do these two groups differ in language and cognitive correlates of particular Chinese literacy skills? While the L1 group’s scores showed relatively substantial correlations of a range of variables with Chinese word-reading and writing skills, for the L2 group the only correlation was between phonological awareness and literacy skills in both Chinese and English. Phonological awareness skills can be important for learning English as a second language, especially for early decoding and spelling, but a wider range of skills, including morphological awareness skills, visual skills, and orthographic skills, may be necessary for learning Chinese. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-312
JournalLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience
Volume33
Issue number3
Early online dateJul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Zhou, Y., McBride, C., Leung, J. S. M., Wang, Y., Joshi, M., & Farver, J. (2018). Chinese and English reading-related skills in L1 and L2 Chinese-speaking children in Hong Kong. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 33(3), 300-312. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2017.1342848

Keywords

  • Chinese as L2
  • Hong Kong ethnic minority
  • Morphological awareness
  • Orthographic processing
  • Phonological awareness

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