Chinese and English reading-related skills in L1 and L2 Chinese-speaking children in Hong Kong Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Both Chinese and English literacy-related measures and cognitive-linguistic behavioural tasks were tested in second and third graders who were L1 (N = 29) and L2 Chinese speakers (N = 34), in order to answer the following question: How do these two groups differ in language and cognitive correlates of particular Chinese literacy skills? While the L1 group’s scores showed relatively substantial correlations of a range of variables with Chinese word-reading and writing skills, for the L2 group the only correlation was between phonological awareness and literacy skills in both Chinese and English. Phonological awareness skills can be important for learning English as a second language, especially for early decoding and spelling, but a wider range of skills, including morphological awareness skills, visual skills, and orthographic skills, may be necessary for learning Chinese.

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhou, Y., McBride, C., Leung, J., Wang, Y., Joshi, M., & Farver, J.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • July 2017