Lau, C., Wang, Y., Chan, S.W.Y., Chen, E.E., McBride, C., Tse, S.K., Richards, B.D. & Rao, N. (2020). Promoting Chinese Literacy in South Asian Preschoolers and their Mothers in Hong Kong: An Intervention Study. Early Education and Development, 31(4), 561-581. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2019.1690341.

幼兒中文, 教學研究, 第二語文學習

Title

Promoting Chinese Literacy in South Asian Preschoolers and their Mothers in Hong Kong: An Intervention Study

Journal

Early Education and Development

Year

2020

Vol

Vol. 31
Issue 4
pp561-581

Author

Carrie LAU, Ying WANG, Stephanie W Y CHAN, Eva E CHEN, Catherine McBride, Shek Kam TSE, Ben Richards & Nirmala Rao

Abstract

Research Findings: This study evaluated the impact of Chinese literacy interventions on Chinese language learning of South Asian children and their mothers in Hong Kong. A total of 44 children and eight of their mothers participated in Chinese literacy interventions that consisted of two approaches – Copying and Morphological Awareness Training (CMAT) and Integrative Perceptual Approach (IPA). Children in the intervention group who underwent four weeks of CMAT followed by four weeks of IPA were compared to a control group of 29 children who only attended regular Chinese classes in their preschools. After controlling for non-verbal intelligence, ANCOVA analyses revealed that the intervention group did significantly better than the control group at posttest in (i) morphological awareness, word reading and writing when taught using CMAT; and (ii) word reading when taught using IPA. Mothers made gains on most Chinese literacy measures and children whose mothers participated in the intervention had higher gains in mean scores relative to their pretest scores on most measures than those whose mothers did not, suggesting the effectiveness of combined child and parent interventions. Practice or Policy: Findings support the development of evidence-based interventions to cater to the language learning needs of SA children and parents.

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