ERIC Number: ED252072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov-18
Right Hemisphere and Left Hemisphere: Pedagogical Implications for CSL Reading.
Mickel, Stanley L.
Students can be taught to read Chinese more efficiently and accurately by using the specific capabilities of the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The right hemisphere is the site of image and pattern recognition, and students can be taught to use those capacities to process individual characters efficiently by watching for the element of pictographic representation present in varying degrees in all characters, whether high or low image, and recognizing the patterns of interusage common beween characters. Teachers of Chinese as a second language (CSL) can raise student comprehension of texts by teaching them to use the analytical and sequential recognition capacities of the left hemisphere to process sentences efficiently. Additionally, students need to be reminded of the value of both immediate context and larger cultural contexts for reading comprehension. Segmentation processes in determining Chinese lexical boundaries use the capacities of both hemispheres, but lexical segmentation based on analytical recognition of syntactic structures using left hemisphere capabilities is the more important methodological tool in identifying lexical items. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers Association (Chicago, IL, November 18, 1984).