ERIC Number: ED297577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Second Language Reading: Reading, Language, and Metacognition.
Carrell, Patricia L.
A study investigated the role of metacognitive skills and the conception of reading in the reading comprehension of adult native speakers of Spanish and English. The study differed from others in its examination of reading conceptions and comprehension in both the first and second languages. Results suggest that both first language reading ability and second language proficiency have significant effects on second language reading ability. However, for the native Spanish speakers, first language reading ability accounted for a greater proportion of the variance in second language reading ability than did second language proficiency, while for the native English speakers, the influence appears to be reversed. Results concerning metacognitive skills were suggestive but not conclusive. Some second language readers may need relatively more help with basic reading skills or second language skills to succeed in second language reading, and formal metacognitive instruction for monitoring or regulating comprehension or for developing effective and efficient reading strategies is advisable. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-12, 1988).