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ERIC Number: ED179618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Transfer of Learning from One Language to Another.
Liu, Shirley
Can the way children learn Chinese help them to learn English? In this study, it is noted that there is a possibility that despite the structural differences between them, there is transference from the learning of Chinese to the learning of English. Skinner's four major reinforcement schedules were used in this study to promote this transference in the classroom situation. It was found that although there is little similarity between Chinese and English in terms of a stimulus-response paradigm or in terms of mediational cues, there are benefits to learning Chinese at the same time as English. Two transfer effects are (1) learning Chinese requires memorization, and (2) writing correct Chinese requires paying attention to details. Both these effects are helpful in facilitating the learning of English. It is concluded that the transfer of skills from one language to another is possible even if the languages are typologically and orthographically different. General habits, skills and attitudes are transferred, not necessarily the specific stimulus, response or mediational cues. (Author/PMR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Skinner (B F)
Note: Paper presented at the National Association for Asian American and Pacific Education Conference (San Francisco, California, April 25-27, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to reproduction quality of original document