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Journal of Research in Reading | Phonological information helps NCS students learn to read Chinese

Becoming literate in Chinese: a comparison of native-speaking and non-native-speaking children. Authors include Hong Kong based: Ying Wang & Catherine McBride CUHK; Yanling Zhou, EdUHK


This paper supports the use of romanisation in the teaching of Chinese to children from non-Chinese speaking backgrounds.


"NCS children showed a trend towards making use of phonological information to learn to read Chinese..."


"Problems of learning Chinese are likely exacerbated in HK because schools and families lack a simple phonological coding system to mediate recognition of Chinese..."


Conclusion: "School teachers should assist NCS children in using phonological knowledge, such as the Cantonese pinyin system, in learning to read and write in Chinese."





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