Exploring Chinese Lexicon Knowledge in Biliteracy Development of International Students in Hong Kong

I. Chiao Hung, Jia Fei Hong*

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This study explores the Chinese Lexicon knowledge in biliteracy development of teenagers at an international school in Hong Kong. It presents how Diagnostic Adaptive Chinese Competence (DACC) is applied to a total of 137 Grade 9 international students and their reading performance. The lexicon knowledge is one critical subskill [1] contributing to the overall reading performance [2] based on the component-skills approach. This study shows that 1) DACC is justified as a reliable and valid assessment test; 2) in the five dimensions of DACC, the Grade 9 students’ performance on literal comprehension, contextual integration, inferential comprehension, and analysis and evaluation are higher than the average of the norm group but lower when it comes to the Chinese lexicon knowledge. More studies focusing on biliteracy reading development with the learning of Chinese as a foreign language are needed in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 21st Workshop, CLSW 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMeichun Liu, Chunyu Kit, Qi Su
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030811969
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event21st Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2020 May 282020 May 30

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12278 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference21st Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Biliteracy
  • Chinese reading
  • Component-skills approach · DACC
  • Lexicon knowledge
  • Vocabulary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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