Studies on Reading and Writing in Chinese

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Date: 14 October 2015 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:30-2:00 pm

Venue: Room 101 Runme Shaw Building

Chair: Prof. Carol Chan, Professor in the Division of Learning, Development and Diversity, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong



Topic 1: A ‘Simple View of Writing’ in Chinese

By Dr. Patcy Yeung

Patcy will share some preliminary findings of a project examining the interrelationships among transcription skills, oral language skills, working memory, and Chinese written composition in light of a ‘Simple View of Writing’ in Chinese. The ‘Simple View of Writing’ in Chinese will also be discussed as a primary framework for developing a writing intervention programme for senior primary school students.

Dr. Patcy Yeung is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Learning, Development and Diversity in the Faculty of Education. Her research and teaching interests include literacy acquisition (reading and writing in Chinese), developmental dyslexia and catering for students with diverse learning needs.

Topic 2: Can electrophysiological techniques help us understand reading in Chinese?

By Dr. I-fan Su

I-Fan will share some of her work and preliminary findings on how electrophysiological methods (electroencephalography and event-related potentials) have been used as a tool in their lab to understand which and when sub-lexical features in Chinese characters are processed in the brain by adult readers and children with reading difficulties. Following from this line of work and using the Lexical Quality Hypothesis as a framework, an ongoing project aimed at understanding the relationship between cognitive neural markers and different components of reading in children will also be discussed.

Dr. I-fan Su is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences in the Faculty of Education. Her general research interests are in psycholinguistics and cognitive neuroscience, where she studies cognitive processes that are involved when individuals read words.

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