Empirical Studies on Phonics in Mainland China: A Systematic Review

Minjie, Chen and Soo, Ruey Shing and Lun, Wong Wei and Norhayati, Yusoff and Ping, Chuah Kee and Mohamad Syafiq, Ya Shak (2022) Empirical Studies on Phonics in Mainland China: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Economics and Management, 3 (5). pp. 506-516. ISSN 2692-7608

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Phonics is required by National Curriculum for Compulsory Education in 2011. Numerous studies were conducted on phonics and its instruction since then. To understand the research trend and to locate research gaps, a systematic review study was needed. This review was conducted based on the initial searches of China National Knowledge Infrastructure, the most popular academic platform. Following PICO tool, altogether 42 master theses are included. The findings indicate that in recent ten years, empirical studies focus on the application of phonics in EFL settings from pre-school year to high school period. Most studies were on primary school years (N=27). The findings also indicate that phonics instruction can greatly enhance EFL students’ words recognition ability, spelling ability, phonemic awareness, learning motivation as well as overall language proficiency. Based on the analysis, all the included studies has theoretical support and altogether ten different theories are utilized to support those empirical studies, although some of the studies experimental design is not strong enough. However, the findings implies no studies have been conducted on EFL teachers and preservice EFL teachers knowledge base to implement phonics, implying further investigation in this domain.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phonics; Systematic Review; EFL; Phonic Instructions; China
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Education, Language and Communication
Depositing User: Shing
Date Deposited: 23 May 2022 02:47
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2023 08:06
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/38573

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