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ERIC Number: EJ956628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1086-296X
Cross-Language Transfer of Reading Ability: Evidence from Taiwanese Ninth-Grade Adolescents
Chuang, Hui-Kai; Joshi, R. Malatesha; Dixon, L. Quentin
Journal of Literacy Research, v44 n1 p97-119 Mar 2012
How proficiency in reading the first language (L1) influences proficiency in reading in the second language (L2) was explored in this study. Reading scores in Mandarin Chinese (L1) and in English (L2) for 30,000 Taiwanese ninth-grade students were randomly selected from all who took the national Basic Competency Test during a 6-year period in Taiwan. Results of regression analyses showed that proficiency in L1 reading predicts with statistical significance the L2 reading proficiency of those whose scores were analyzed. In addition, participants' gender and school district also played small but statistically significant roles affecting the cross-language transfer of reading ability. The results are discussed in light of Cummins's linguistic interdependence hypothesis. (Contains 1 figure, 7 tables and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan