Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
The current study compared the reading and phonological performance of younger and older Chinese-speaking children who learned to read English as a second language in Canada. Parallel measures of reading, phonological processing, orthographic processing, and oral language proficiency were administered in English and Chinese to 25 younger children (Grades 1 and 2) and 26 older children (Grades 5 and 6). Phonological processing skill in English and Chinese were intercorrelated and correlated with English reading performance in both age groups. For the younger children, English phonological processing skill was a unique predictor of English reading performance. Conversely, for the older children, Chinese phonological processing skill was a unique predictor of English reading performance. These results are discussed in terms of linguistic and cognitive mechanisms as well as developmental and environmental causes involved in the process of second language reading acquisition. The practical implications of the findings are also discussed.
Gu, Yan, "Investigating age factors in cross-language transfer of phonological processing across English and Chinese languages" (2004). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 748.