ERIC Number: ED338035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Reading Strategies and Texts: A Research Study on the Question of Native and Non-Native Reading Strategies and Authentic versus Edited Texts.
Young, Dolly J.
The problem of lack of information regarding the relationship among second language students' language ability, metacognition, and reading materials is examined. The study investigates how reading strategies transfer from the native language to the second language within an interactive and compensatory processing model framework. It examines the similarities and differences in processing within the foreign language (e.g., Spanish) on the basis of text-type (authentic versus simplified). Findings suggest that students process passages in the foreign language differently compared to their processing of the native language. Strategies of successful readers in the foreign language, however, tend to resemble strategies used in the native language. Strategies used to process edited texts are significantly different from those used for processing authentic texts. Successful reading comprehension by text appears to be more a function of either strategies employed or background familiarity, and not language proficiency. Contains 82 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authentic Materials