Introducing Phonological Awareness and Early Literacy Instruction into Japanese Elementary School English Education
― Its Significance and Feasibility ―
2015 / 1 / 25
Price (in Japan only)：
6,000 yen (Tax Not Included) (272 pages)
This book argues the significance of developing phonological awareness, which is a precursor to early reading development in English, for Japanese children learning how to read in English. A comprehensive literature review reveals that learning to read in English requires multiple levels of phonological awareness, some of which Japanese children would not naturally develop during their L1 literacy acquisition. Furthermore, an exploratory intervention demonstrates the effectiveness of explicitly teaching phonological awareness in elementary school English education. It also elucidates the influence of the phonological structure and orthography of Japanese on children’s English sound manipulation.
Chika Ikeda, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School for Foreign Language Studies at Aichi Prefectural University, Japan. Her main research interests are early literacy and reading acquisition in EFL, teacher cognition and development.