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ERIC Number: EJ1091196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
Progress of Younger Children Learning Chinese
Li, Zhihong; Sisson, Keith; Kung, Hsiang-te
Learning Languages, v20 n1 p16-22 Fall-Win 2014
The purpose of this study is to find out how young children can learn, understand, and progress in the Chinese language. This study focuses on 13 students between two and three years old. The data collection methods used classroom observation, benchmarks, and parent questionnaires about at home behavior. The data analysis used is qualitative depending on student benchmark, class observation, and parents' descriptions of Chinese language use at home. The purpose of this research is to find how children improve and develop their foreign language skills. Findings include that through foreign language study, students' use of English improved, and students who attended class five days a week were more successful. All the students' pronunciation was great. There was not a difference between their accents and the accents of native Chinese speakers. My findings showed that the students who used Chinese language at home, had improved verbal English usage and that the child's personality affects the learning results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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