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Author Williams, Clay (Clay Hunter), author.

Title Teaching English reading in the Chinese-speaking world : building strategies across scripts / Clay Williams
Published Singapore : Springer, [2016]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 185 pages) : illustration
Series Springer Texts in Education, 2366-7980
Springer texts in education, 2366-7672
Contents 1. Introductions to Literacy -- 2. The Chinese Language -- 3. Chinese Elementary Education -- 4. English Education in the Chinese Classroom -- 5. Chinese on the Brain -- 6. Default Reading Strategies: English and Chinese -- 7. Reading Against the Stream: Using the Wrong Strategies to Acquire L2 Literacy -- 8. A Better Way: Teaching English from the Ground Up
Summary This book investigates inherent, structural differences in the Chinese and English writing systems which predispose learners from childhood to develop specific literacy-learning strategies, which can impair later efforts at learning foreign language literacy if the foreign language script varies significantly from the native language script. It compares educational practices and philosophies in Chinese and English-speaking classrooms, and examines the psychological underpinnings of these literacy learning strategies. This book presents psychometric testing of adult reading strategy defaults and examines case study data, revealing that Chinese students are susceptible to misapplying Chinese character-level processing strategies to English word identification tasks, which decreases reading efficiency, and ultimately can lead to learning failure. Finally, a new educational framework is proposed for teaching beginning language-specific word identification and literacy-learning skills to learners whose first language script varies significantly from that of the target language
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource and print version record; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed April 17, 2017)
Subject English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers.
English language -- Written English.
Reading -- China
Chinese language -- Writing.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers.
Chinese language -- Writing.
English language -- Written English.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9789811006432