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Intermediate and Advanced English native speakers of Chinese reading strategy research

Author ZhouZhu
Tutor WuZhongWei
School Fudan University
Course Chinese International Education
Keywords Native English Speakers Intermediate and High-level Chinese Language Proficiency Chinese Reading Strategy Survey Case Study H19
CLC H195
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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This thesis explores the use of Chinese reading strategies by native English speakers who are of intermediate and high-level Chinese language proficiency. A survey of 80 participants and a case study of four learners are compiled. The results of this thesis improves the methodology of teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language (TCSL/TCFL) through summarizing some characteristics of Chinese reading strategies applied by native English speakers of intermediate and high-level. Findings shows three categories of Chinese reading strategies, which are 1) Problem-Solving Strategies used most frequently,2) Global Reading Strategies that comes second, and the least used is 3) Supporting Reading Strategies. Moreover, factors like age differences and different lengths of study hours have significant influence on strategies choosing, while the result shows very few strategic differences by males and females.The thesis is divided into five chapters:ChapterⅠ:Literature Review. This chapter gives a brief introduction to the prior research achievements on the second/foreign language learning strategies as well as the second/foreign language reading strategies. It also generalizes the important outcome of these studies and points out the value of this study.ChapterⅡ:Methodology. This chapter introduces information about the 80 participants, reading materials and instruments.ChapterⅢ:The General Tendency of Chinese Reading Strategies Used by Native English Speakers of Intermediate and High-level Chinese Language Proficiency. Based on a survey of 80 participants, this chapter analyzes the data of the survey and discusses the overall tendency of Chinese reading strategies conducted by native English speakers of intermediate and high level. By using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, it also discusses the influence caused by factors such as gender differences, age differences, different lengths of study hours and different levels of Chinese language proficiency on selections of Chinese reading strategies.ChapterⅣ:A Case Study on Chinese Reading Strategies Used by Native English Speakers of Intermediate and High-level Chinese Language Proficiency. This chapter adds and cites the outcome of the survey by interviewing four participants after they read some reading texts from HSK sample test (revised version).ChapterⅤ:Conclusion. In this chapter, this thesis gives a final conclusion towards its study and puts forward a few suggestions on Chinese reading classes. The thesis also indicates its inadequacies as well as the value of its future study.

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