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Article: The influence of the language that Hong Kong primary school students habitually speak at home on their Chinese reading ability in school

TitleThe influence of the language that Hong Kong primary school students habitually speak at home on their Chinese reading ability in school
Authors
KeywordsChinese reading ability
Home language
Place of birth
Primary school students
Socioeconomic status
Issue Date2007
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.asp
Citation
Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development, 2007, v. 28 n. 5, p. 400-417 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect of Chinese, for everyday communications, the Chinese written in school is Modern Standard Written Chinese (MSWC), the written equivalent of Putonghua, the spoken language of the people of China. Many of the numerous families migrating from China to Hong Kong in recent years have brought with them children educated in Putonghua in China and with extensive experience of MSWC. It was hypothesised that the reading attainment of these students would be superior to that of classmates born in Hong Kong and using Cantonese habitually. This would apply particularly to students from advantaged SES homes. The children born in China indeed had superior reading attainment. But children speaking Cantonese at home and Putonghua 'sometimes' had the highest reading scores, regardless of their birthplace or SES. The writers reflect on assumptions about the influence of the language used at home on language attainment and the implications for educational planning. © 2007 S-k. Tse et al.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57354
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.702
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.679
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dc.contributor.authorTse, SKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, JWIen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLoh, EKYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, RYHen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-04-12T01:34:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-04-12T01:34:01Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development, 2007, v. 28 n. 5, p. 400-417en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0143-4632en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/57354-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines how the language used at home, Putonghua or Cantonese, has influenced the Chinese reading attainment of 4335 primary school students in Hong Kong. Also examined was the influence of the birthplace and home background socioeconomic status (SES) of the reader. Although the indigenous Hong Kong population uses Cantonese, a dialect of Chinese, for everyday communications, the Chinese written in school is Modern Standard Written Chinese (MSWC), the written equivalent of Putonghua, the spoken language of the people of China. Many of the numerous families migrating from China to Hong Kong in recent years have brought with them children educated in Putonghua in China and with extensive experience of MSWC. It was hypothesised that the reading attainment of these students would be superior to that of classmates born in Hong Kong and using Cantonese habitually. This would apply particularly to students from advantaged SES homes. The children born in China indeed had superior reading attainment. But children speaking Cantonese at home and Putonghua 'sometimes' had the highest reading scores, regardless of their birthplace or SES. The writers reflect on assumptions about the influence of the language used at home on language attainment and the implications for educational planning. © 2007 S-k. Tse et al.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Developmenten_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectChinese reading abilityen_HK
dc.subjectHome languageen_HK
dc.subjectPlace of birthen_HK
dc.subjectPrimary school studentsen_HK
dc.subjectSocioeconomic statusen_HK
dc.titleThe influence of the language that Hong Kong primary school students habitually speak at home on their Chinese reading ability in schoolen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailTse, SK: sktse@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, JWI: jwilam@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLoh, EKY: ekyloh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailLam, RYH: hradlyh@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.2167/jmmd529.1en_HK
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