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HDP 264 Research Methods
Transcript of HDP 264 Research Methods
H is rejected.
HDP 264 Research Methods
Children's Primary Home Language affecting their L1 and L2 Reading Abilities.
Purpose of Research
Majority of preschools in Singapore:
L1 (English) and L2 (Mandarin) Reading Abilities
Child's Primary Home Language
Children's primary home language affects their L1 and L2 reading abilities.
Gauvin and Hulstijn (2010):
Explored a new technique to compare bilinguals' L1 and L2 reading speeds
Two groups of Dutch-L1 university students with differing English-L2 proficiency performed two reading tasks (story task and sentence task), each task in both L1 Dutch and L2 English
Font was included as an impeding factor to avoid any errors caused by direct translation between the two languages
Results showed that participants in the High Group were not slowed down as much in their reading speed caused by the degraded font as compared to participants in the Low Group.
The study offers insights to the relationship between the students’ proficiency and reading ability in a language.
Several studies have also found that children's primary home language has a significant effect on their acquisition of a second language (Gathercole & Thomas, 2009; Scheele et al., 2010; Dixon, Wu, & Daraghmeh, 2012)
Ang Hui Teng 
Lee Hui Ling Daphne 
Teo Hui Deng 
- Mother Tongue = Mandarin
- 439 kindergartens (Ministry of Education, 2013)
Preparation of Research
Conducting of Research
Submission of Research
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Hypothesis: Children's primary home language has an effect on their L1 (English) and L2 (Chinese) reading abilities.
Correlational study to identify the relationship between children's home language and their L1 and L2 reading abilities
H is not rejected.
Primary home language does not affect children's reading ability development.
Other possible factors that affect reading ability development:
Children’s own motivation & determination in learning
Visit 15 preschools
5 PAP Community Foundation
5 NTUC First Campus
5 private preschools
Procedures & Tasks
Data Preparation Procedures
H is not rejected
Data Analysis Procedures
PCF and NFC represent the masses of Singapore
Increase the population validity of the research results
Should not neglect private preschools
Children between 5 and 6 years old
Parents to complete a survey
Exclude: children with special needs and
attending/have attended any tuition(s)
Random sampling size of 60
12 children from each language group
English, Chinese & Chinese Dialects, Malay, Tamil & Tamil Dialects, Others (other languages other than those stated)
30 minutes - L1 (English) test
15 minutes - Short break
30 minutes - L2 (Mandarin) test
H is rejected.
Primary home language is key factor in reading ability development.
Scribner, 2013; Scheele, Leseman, & Mayo, 2010; Dixon, Wu, & Daraghmeh, 2012
Second language acquisition is heavily influenced by exposure to the different languages.
Population of this study = children who have had L2 (Mandarin) classes
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Evidence from Taiwanese ninth-grade adolescents. Journal of Literacy Research, 44(1), 97-119. doi: 10.1177/1086296X11431157
Dixon, L. Q., Wu, S., & Daraghmeh, A. (2012). Profiles in bilingualism: Factors
influencing kindergartners’ language proficiency. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40(1), 25-34. doi: 10.1007/s10643-011-0491-8
Gathercole, V. C. M. & Thomas, E. M. (2009). Bilingual first-language development:
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L2 (Mandarin) Test
Ministry of Education
Data will be examined for:
Correlation between independent variable and dependent variables
Combine and organise the data into a table
L1 (English) Test
Flash cards with words and phrases taken from a bilingual book
Author: Wang Chu Qiao
Font type: Century Gothic (English words) KaiTi (Chinese characters)
Font size: 14
Size of flash card: 20cm by 10cm
Does children's primary home language affect their L1 and L2 reading abilities?
The amount of input in a particular language is strongly related to a young bilingual child's proficiency in it; the more input a child is exposed to, the better performance on skills in that language. (Scheele, Leseman, & Mayo, 2010; Dixon, Wu, & Daraghmeh, 2012).
Chuang, Joshi and Dixon (2011):
Conducted a study that reported findings that Taiwanese ninth-grade students who uses Mandarin as their primary home language were able to acquire good L2 English reading ability.
Other studies have also reported the reliance of L2 reading ability on the proficiency of L1 reading ability.
These findings conflict with other studies that found that students with a low exposure to a language tended to acquire poorer reading skills in it.
"A child's home is the first place that they are exposed to language" (Sribner, 2013)
Literature searches in children’s second language acquisition have failed to discover any research on how children’s primary home languages affect their learning of a second language in school.
In Singapore, children begin to receive Mandarin education when they enter preschools.
Therefore, investigation on how children's primary home languages affect their L1 and L2 reading abilities in their early stages of language development is essential.