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Title:The effect of phonological working memory on children's Chinese spoken word learning
Author(s):Wei, Junli
Advisor(s):Anderson, Richard C.
Department / Program:Educational Psychology
Discipline:Educational Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):phonological working memory
English-speaking children
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to investigate how well English speaking children’s phonological working memory can predict their ability to learn Chinese spoken words. Standard Chinese (Mandarin) is considered in this study and thus both terms (Chinese and Mandarin) will be used interchangeably. Participants included a total of 32 fourth grade American children who spoke English as a first language and attended primary school in the Midwestern region of the U. S. A battery of measures was administered orally to test children’s phonological working memory and Chinese word learning ability. The results showed that the children’s phonological working memory could predict their Chinese spoken word learning ability and the strongest predictors were the performance on the repetition of Chinese nonwords with tone and English nonwords without stress. These findings improve understanding of how phonological working memory underpins children’s vocabulary development. Finally, these results provide insight for administrators, teachers and parents in predicting whether students have potential to learn Chinese and therefore help them make decisions accordingly. The result also has implications for teaching Mandarin to English speaking children.
Issue Date:2012-06-27
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Junli Wei
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-06-27
Date Deposited:2012-05

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