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Acquisition of orthographic knowledge: Developmental difference among learners with Chinese as a second language (CSL)
Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh; Xian Liao; Shing On Leung
2018-06
Source PublicationSYSTEM
ISSN0346-251X
Volume74Pages:206-216
Abstract

Drawing upon existing research on acquisition of orthographic skills among Chinese learners, this research further extended the scope to investigate the developmental difference among Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners in Hong Kong. A total of 157 students, including 32 fifth graders, 44 seventh graders, 42 ninth graders and 39 eleventh graders responded to three orthographic tasks tapping knowledge on three aspects of Chinese orthography: component, structure and position regularity of component. While the constituent component and structure of characters could be perceived visually, the knowledge about position regularity of components which determines the legitimacy of characters is implicit and difficult to acquire. It was found that CSL learners demonstrated some understanding of orthographic properties of Chinese characters from Grade 5, but developed these three types of orthographic knowledge in non-synchronized ways. Moreover, it was found that structural knowledge contributed more than component knowledge to the development of position regularity knowledge. These findings suggest that teachers should place more emphasis on explicit introduction of orthographic knowledge to CSL learners and provide constructive strategies for effective learning.

KeywordChinese As a Second Language Learners Orthographic Knowledge Developmental Characteristics
DOI10.1016/j.system.2018.03.018
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000432558600018
PublisherELSEVIER SCI LTD
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorElizabeth Ka Yee Loh
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2.Department of Chinese Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong
3.Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macao
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Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh,Xian Liao,Shing On Leung. Acquisition of orthographic knowledge: Developmental difference among learners with Chinese as a second language (CSL)[J]. SYSTEM,2018,74:206-216.
APA Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh,Xian Liao,&Shing On Leung.(2018).Acquisition of orthographic knowledge: Developmental difference among learners with Chinese as a second language (CSL).SYSTEM,74,206-216.
MLA Elizabeth Ka Yee Loh,et al."Acquisition of orthographic knowledge: Developmental difference among learners with Chinese as a second language (CSL)".SYSTEM 74(2018):206-216.
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