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ERIC Number: EJ1059624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Reading and Learning from L2 Text: Effects of Reading Goal, Topic Familiarity, and Language Proficiency
Horiba, Yukie; Fukaya, Keiko
Reading in a Foreign Language, v27 n1 p22-46 Apr 2015
This study examined the effect of reading goal, topic-familiarity, and language proficiency on text comprehension and learning. English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) students with high and low topic-familiarity read and recalled a text. Some were told in advance to expect a recall task in a particular language--the first language (L1) or second language (L2)--and recalled in the same language (the L1-L1 condition and the L2-L2 condition). Others were told of the L1 recall before reading and later recalled in the L2 (the L1-L2 condition). It was found that content recall was enhanced in the L1-L1 condition whereas incidental vocabulary learning benefited from the L2-L2 condition. Language proficiency affected overall content recall while topic-familiarity facilitated processing of specific content information. These findings suggest that reading goal affects resource allocation during text processing, with topic-familiarity and language proficiency intervening additively.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language