Chinese Children’s Reading Acquisition

Theoretical and Pedagogical Issues

  • Wenling Li 
  • Janet S. Gaffney
  • Jerome L. Packard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Learning to Read

  3. Role of Metalinguistic Awareness in Chinese Reading

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. William E. Nagy, Amy Kuo-Kealoha, Wu Xinchun, Li Wenling, Richard C. Anderson, Chen Xi
      Pages 59-86
    3. Li Wenling, Richard C. Anderson, William Nagy, Zhang Houcan
      Pages 87-106
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 107-111
  4. Wide Reading and the Development of Chinese Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Warwick B. Elley
      Pages 115-130
    3. Richard C. Anderson, Janet S. Gaffney, Wu Xinchun, Wang Chiung-Chu, Li Wenling, Shu Hua et al.
      Pages 131-155
    4. Wu Xinchun, Richard C. Anderson, Li Wenling, Chen Xi, Meng Xiangzhi
      Pages 157-173
    5. Belinda Yun-Ying Louie, Douglas H. Louie
      Pages 175-193
    6. Back Matter
      Pages 195-204
  5. Factors in Home Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Shu Hua, Li Wenling, Richard Anderson, Ku Yu-Min, Yue Xuan
      Pages 207-223
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 249-255
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-266

About this book


Published research and conference presentations on the Chinese language in the last decade have tended to focus on adult language processing. This book provides a comprehensive resource for the critical discussion of major issues in learning to read Chinese from a child acquisition perspective.
The combined contributions from researchers in Asian studies, linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychology, cognitive psychology, reading, and education inform international comparative studies of literacy by making apparent the features of the Chinese culture, language, writing system, and pedagogy that may facilitate or impede the acquisition of literacy.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Wenling Li 
    • 1
  • Janet S. Gaffney
    • 1
  • Jerome L. Packard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUSA

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