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Getting kids reading in Mandarin: The comic book connection

from By Elizabeth Weise

We know two things about reading in all languages: the more you do, the easier it gets and the more your read, the better your vocabulary, grammar, writing and understanding become. Dr. Stephen Krashen and others have done years of research on this. Two books to read are his "The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research" and "Summer Reading: Program and Evidence," by Krashen and Fay Shin, a professor of education at Cal State Long Beach. The evidence is clear that reading for fun (academics call it "Free Voluntary Reading") really ramps up language development and literacy. more

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