ERIC Number: ED473080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Dec-17
What Happens When People Reread?
This paper addresses how rereading can improve comprehension of second language college texts, describing a pilot study that examined what happens when people reread. The study involved two female Japanese college students enrolled in a U.S. university. The women were asked to do think-aloud protocols while individually reading a section of an introductory linguistics textbook for non-specialists. They were permitted to think aloud in English or Japanese, ask questions, and use a dictionary. After reading individually, the students together read a bookmarked Web page aloud, taking turns. They were told to stop their partner whenever they did not understand something, so they could work together to understand the passage. Results suggested that there were signs of increased comprehension, at least for one of the women, though the movement was not linear. Her movements through the texts and the rereadings looked very much like the reading process as outlined in a construction-integration model of comprehension like that of Kintsch (1998). (Contains 24 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual World Congress of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee (13th, Singapore, December 16-21, 2002).