Teaching English Reading in the Chinese-Speaking World

Building Strategies Across Scripts

  • Clay¬†Williams

Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Clay Williams
    Pages 1-18
  3. Clay Williams
    Pages 19-38
  4. Clay Williams
    Pages 39-58
  5. Clay Williams
    Pages 59-79
  6. Clay Williams
    Pages 81-107

About this book


This book investigates inherent, structural differences in the Chinese and English writing systems which predispose learners from childhood to develop specific literacy-learning strategies, which can impair later efforts at learning foreign language literacy if the foreign language script varies significantly from the native language script. It compares educational practices and philosophies in Chinese and English-speaking classrooms, and examines the psychological underpinnings of these literacy learning strategies. This book presents psychometric testing of adult reading strategy defaults and examines case study data, revealing that Chinese students are susceptible to misapplying Chinese character-level processing strategies to English word identification tasks, which decreases reading efficiency, and ultimately can lead to learning failure. Finally, a new educational framework is proposed for teaching beginning language-specific word identification and literacy-learning skills to learners whose first language script varies significantly from that of the target language.


Chinese English classrooms Chinese learners of English Chinese literacy education Chinese speaking world Cross-linguistics English as a Foreign Language English education for Chinese English learning in china Teaching English Reading The Chinese writing system

Authors and affiliations

  • Clay¬†Williams
    • 1
  1. 1.Akita International UniversityAkitaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0641-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0643-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-7980
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