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ERIC Number: ED411687
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Adding Biliteracy to Bilingualism: Teaching Your Child To Read English in Japan. A Guide for Parents. Monographs on Bilingualism No. 4.
Noguchi, Mary Goebel
Increasingly, foreign nationals living in Japan are sending their children to Japanese elementary schools. This requires that the children's native language be taught outside of school, most often at home. While teaching oral language is not difficult for parents, teaching reading requires different skills. Some difficulties in this process are inherent in the language differences: use of letters vs. ideographs; letter-sound correspondence; clear boundaries between words; and the structure of printed language. Parents planning to teach their children English readings skills should familiarize themselves with three major teaching techniques for reading: phonics, "look-say," and the whole language approach. A survey of 22 English-speaking parents in Japan who taught their children to read English in this context reveals how family home language use and the structure and materials of reading lessons correlate with reading achievement, and shows that parental determination is a significant factor in child reading achievement. General principles for effective teaching include: daily reading; tailoring teaching style to the child's needs; teaching writing alongside reading; and positive reinforcement. Motivating activities are also useful. Sources for instructional materials are listed. Contains 29 references. (MSE)
Department of General Education, Osaka Institute of Technology, Omiya 5-16-1, Asahi-ku, Osaka 535, Japan (600 yen).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Japan Association of Language Teachers, Okinawa.
Identifiers - Location: Japan