Journal of Basic Education

Nurturing Emergent Readers

2004.第13卷第2期(Vol. 13 No. 2).pp. 119–142

Nurturing Emergent Readers


Evelyn Yee-Fun MAN & Cherry LING TSE(文綺芬、謝凌潔貞)


Students’ reading interest and habit are best nurtured when small and preferably before they reach six or seven years old. Children have the potential to become independent and competent readers — appropriate support from parents and teachers would help realise this potential. In this article, relevant theories linking learning and reading will be discussed, as well as practical approaches arising from a reflection on such theories. Since there is no one-size-fits-all formula, this paper will explore a flexible combination of strategies, especially from the perspectives of parents and teachers. A number of practical strategies based on relevant personal experiences of a parent and common elements of good practices would also be examined.