ERIC Number: ED341237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
EFL Reading Revisited: A Language Problem or a Reading Problem.
Wang, Chuming; Qi, Luxia
An empirical study is reported that investigated the relationship between first language (L1) and English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) reading in terms of efficiency, speed, and comprehension with Chinese university students of English as subjects. Results indicate that reading speed transfers readily from L1 to EFL readers for those who are slow in reading speed, weak in comprehension, and poor in English proficiency. Transfer of reading comprehension is much less predictable regardless of reading abilities and English proficiency. However, English proficiency is a fairly good predictor of English reading efficiency for the more proficient readers, particularly those with good comprehension. These findings shed light on the issue of whether EFL reading is a reading problem or a language problem. The study also suggests that transfer might best be viewed as a continuum in which some reading components are more easily transferred than others. Pedagological implications of the study are discussed. Contains 13 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Foreign Languages (24th, New York, NY, March 24-28, 1991).