Reliability and Validity of a Chinese Literacy Assessment for School Learners in Singapore

Project Number
SUG 05/16 TAH

Project Duration
June 2016 - June 2017

Status
Completed

Abstract
Many school children are facing difficulties in learning Chinese and over the years, we see an increase in the number of students getting Mother Tongue exemption. Currently there is no standardised tool to understand the difficulties/difference students face when learning the language. This study aims to gain a better understanding of the difficulties/differences students face by studying the following cognitive and literacy related skills in Chinese, namely, tone discrimination, word recognition, morphological awareness, copying, spelling and comprehension. Research has shown that these areas are significant predictors of reading and writing ability in the Chinese language. A pre-pilot study involving 30 students will be carried out prior to the pilot test of 180 students. The findings from this study will serve to inform guidelines to the Ministry when planning and developing curriculum and also serve as a platform for standardisation testing in time to come. The findings will also shed light to educators on the development of appropriate intervention and support to be given to struggling learners.

Funding Source
MOE

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