This research examined some of the key correlates of early Chinese reading in L2 ethnic minority Chinese speaking kindergarteners in Hong Kong. A total of 127 ethnic minority first or second year kindergarten children (mean age = 51.01 months; SD = 7.53 months) were recruited for this study. Their mother tongues included English, Urdu, Nepali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi, Korean, Bahahsa Indonesia, Bengali, Dutch, Esan, Ewe, French, Kinyarwanda, Russian, and Tamil. We administered tests that tapped a range of early Chinese literacy related skills including Chinese word reading, Cantonese phonological processing skills, vocabulary knowledge, early orthographic skills and copying skills. A partial correlation analysis was performed after controlling grade and non-verbal intelligence. Similar to that for L1 Chinese speaking children, the results revealed Chinese phonological processing skills, vocabulary knowledge, early orthographic and copying skill were all significantly correlated with Chinese word reading skills. Regression analysis suggested that Chinese expressive vocabulary, phonological awareness, orthographic discrimination and pure copying made unique contributions in early Chinese word reading for L2 ethnic minority children in Hong Kong. The discussion is surrounded the suggestion for pedagogy for L2 Chinese acquisition in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2018 ICPEAL 17 - CLDC 9.
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2018|