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Title: Spoken Mandarin competence of Chinese children from different language-speaking homes: Implications for Mandarin education
Authors: Goh, Hock Huan
Liu, Yongbing
Zhao, Chunsheng
Keywords: Language Competence
Syntactic Complexity
Mandarin Education
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Citation: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, 2008
Abstract: Bilingualism has been the language education focus of Singapore, but concern has arisen for the increasing imbalance of bilingual abilities among Chinese children, due to shift in the use of home-language from Mandarin to English. In order to understand the difference in Mandarin competence among Singaporean Chinese children, this study analyzes syntactic complexity of Chinese preschool children from different language-speaking homes. This study finds that children from different home-language backgrounds bear differences in utterance types, Mean-Length-Utterance and clause relations, but do not vary much in phrase structure types, clause voice and clause forms. This study supports that Mandarin curriculum developers and educators should take children’s different language competences into consideration in their curricular and pedagogic innovation.
Project number: CRP 11/05 LYB
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