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Lü, Chan – Foreign Language Annals, 2017
Pinyin is a sound-annotating system for Chinese characters using Roman letters. Teaching and learning Pinyin has been an important educational practice in Mainland China for native Chinese children, and it is also typically taught to beginning learners of Chinese as a foreign/second language in tertiary-level classrooms. However, whether it should…
Descriptors: Chinese, Orthographic Symbols, Written Language, Second Language Learning
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Sparks, Richard L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2015
The simple view of reading (SVR) model proposes that reading comprehension is the product of word decoding and language comprehension, and that both components make independent contributions to reading skill (Gough & Tunmer, 1986). The model posits that there are good readers and three types of poor readers--dyslexic, hyperlexic, and garden…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Profiles, Spanish
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Padilla, Amado M.; Fan, Lorraine; Xu, Xiaoqiu; Silva, Duarte – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
A Mandarin/English two-way immersion elementary program is described from its inception and implementation through the fifth grade, the culminating year of the program. All students in all grades were assessed on their oral/listening, reading, and writing performance in Mandarin using program-created assessment measures. Fifth-grade students also…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Mandarin Chinese, Immersion Programs