Component Skills as Predictors of Chinese Reading Proficiency in Primary School Children

Authors:
May Jane Chen, Alice Wong
Published Online:
27 Sep 2007
DOI:
10.1080/00207599108246849
Pages:
53-70
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 26 Issue 1

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This study was designed to examine the relevance of some cognitive skills to Chinese reading and to identify those that distinguish readers of different proficiency levels. Third‐, fourth‐, and fifth‐grade children were given two sets of tests, the Chinese Reading Proficiency Test and five component skill tests. Skills in word recognition and in comprehension were examined through tasks measuring component detection, lexical coding, memory for gist, knowledge of syntax, and use of context. Subjects' responses on the knowledge of syntax task and the lexical coding task were found to be most effective in predicting reading proficiency of the third graders, but not the fourth‐ and fifth‐grade children. Instead, use of context task was the best predictor of the older children's reading proficiency.

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