This book systematically examines how learning to read occurs in diverse languages, and in so doing, explores how literacy is learned in a second language by learners who have achieved at least basic reading skills in their first language. As a consequence of rapid globalization, such learners are a large and growing segment of the school population worldwide, and an increasing number of schools are challenged by learners from a wide variety of languages, and with distinct prior literacy experiences. To succeed academically these learners must develop second-language literacy skills, yet little is known about the ways in which they learn to read in their first languages, and even less about how the specific nature and level of their first-language literacy affects second-language reading development.
This volume provides detailed descriptions of five typologically diverse languages and their writing systems, and offers comparisons of learning-to-read experiences in these languages. Specifically, it addresses the requisite competencies in learning to read in each of the languages, how language and writing system properties affect the way children learn to read, and the extent and ways in which literacy learning experience in one language can play a role in subsequent reading development in another. Both common and distinct aspects of literacy learning experiences across languages are identified, thus establishing a basis for determining which skills are available for transfer in second-language reading development.
Learning to Read Across Languages is intended for researchers and advanced students in the areas of second-language learning, psycholinguistics, literacy, bilingualism, and cross-linguistic issues in language processing.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
Table of Contents
List of figures vii
Introduction: conceptualizing reading universals, cross-linguistic variations, and second language literacy development Keiko Koda Annette M. Zehler 1
Theoretical underpinnings 11
Learning to read: general principles and writing system variations Charles A. Perfetti Susan Dunlap 13
Conceptual and methodological issues in comparing metalinguistic awareness across languages Li-Jen Kuo Richard C. Anderson 39
Impacts of prior literacy experience on second language learning to read Keiko Koda 68
Languages, writing systems and learning to read 97
Introduction and glossary 97
Arabic literacy development and cross-linguistic effects in subsequent L2 literacy development Michael Fender 101
Learning to read Chinese: cognitive consequences of cross-language and writing system differences Min Wang Chin-Lung Yang 125
Facets of metalinguistic awareness related to reading development in Hebrew: evidence from monolingual and bilingual children Esther Geva 154
Learning to read in Khmer Annette M. Zehler Saloni Sapru 188
Literacy experience in Korean: implications for learning to read in a second language Eunyoung Christine Park 201
Thinking back and looking forward Keiko Koda 222
Notes on contributors 235