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《Studies of Psychology and Behavior》 2013-01
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A Comparison of the Developing Trends of English Phonological Awareness between Mandarin-Speaking Students and English-Speaking Students

Pan Ying, Gai Xiaosong (School of Foreign Languages, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024; Faculty of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024)  
This study compares the developing trends of English phonological awareness between Mandarin-speaking students and English-speaking students. 294 Mandarin-speaking students and 109 English-speaking students participated in the syllable awareness tasks, onset-rime awareness tasks, and phoneme awareness tasks. The results show that: (1) There is no similar developing trend of English phonological awareness between Mandarin-speaking students and English-speaking students. For the Mandarin-speaking students, English phonological awareness develops rapidly at the beginning of their primary schooling, then this developmental progress declines. For the English-speaking students, their syllable awareness and the onset-rime awareness grow along with their ages, but their phoneme awareness shows a trend of irregular changes. (2) The development of Chinese students′ English phonological awareness does not increase with grade level, nor does it show a narrowing trend with English-speaking students.
【Fund】: 吉林省社会科学基金项目(2012BS11);; 吉林省教育科学“十二五”规划2012年度一般项目(GH12018)的资助
【CateGory Index】: B842.3
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