Reading fluency and its influence on Chinese reading teaching in Hong Kong

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This study is based on the data analysis of reading assessment of PIRLS 2016 in Hong Kong, students were found to have poor performance in both reading behavior and attitudes, ranking low compared with international levels. Reading fluency is directly related to this low ranking. This paper discusses the three elements of reading fluency which are accuracy, automaticity, and prosody, and includes suggestions for improvements. The repeated reading training methods is also advised. In addition, this paper also focuses on the importance of enhancing prosody awareness in reading. It is hoped that the Education Bureau in Hong Kong can advocate, and support the primary and secondary schools to pay attention to fostering students' prosody awareness in the Chinese reading class in order to improve the reading fluency of students in Hong Kong. Improving reading fluency will result in improved reading literacy, which in turn is an important factor in the development and competitiveness construction of the country and individuals.
本文通過對香港PIRLS 2016閱讀測評中的相關數據分析後發現:香港學生存在嚴重的閱讀行為態度問題,在PIRLS 2016的排名中處於國際末尾。而這一問題的存在與學生的閱讀流暢性程度高低有直接關聯。鑒於此,本研究進一步提出如何完善閱讀流暢性三要素(準確性、自動化和韻律)方面的培養,及增加「重複閱讀訓練」的方法。此外,本研究還提出提升韻律意識在閱讀中的重要性。寄希望於香港教育局可以將對學生韻律意識的培養放到中文閱讀課堂中來,以此提升香港學生的閱讀流暢性,進而提高其閱讀素養能力,這反過來又是國家和個人發展和競爭力建設的重要因素。Copyright © 2019 文藻外語大學.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
JournalLanguages and International Studies
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2019


Wang, C. (2019). Reading fluency and its influence on Chinese reading teaching in Hong Kong. Languages and International Studies, 22, 1-22. doi: 10.3966/181147172019120022001


  • Reading fluency
  • Chinese reading teaching
  • Teaching strategies
  • Primary and secondary schools of Hong Kong
  • PIRLS 2016
  • 閱讀流暢性
  • 中文閱讀教學
  • 教學策略
  • 香港中小學
  • Alt. title: 閱讀流暢性與對香港中文閱讀教學的影響


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