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ERIC Number: EJ1062130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Language Proficiency, Reading Development, and Learning Context
Li, Liu
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v24 p73-92 Fall 2014
In the era of globalization, the number of students studying abroad is increasing dramatically. Accordingly, there is an increasing interest among researchers in students' language gains in the study-abroad (SA) context. To deepen our understanding of second language (L2) reading acquisition in different contexts, it is necessary to examine students' reading development in the SA context and at home (AH) context, as well as to find out the effect of context on reading development. Therefore, this study attempted to find the relation between language proficiency, reading development, and learning contexts through careful investigation of potential connections between contact with language and culture outside of class and reading strategy development. This study made use of a variety of instruments to collect both quantitative and qualitative data to gain a better understanding of how reading develops and of what factors influence that development in AH and SA contexts. Multiple objective measures, plus some qualitative methods, such as observation and research interviews, were employed for investigation. Together, these methods provided a clearer picture of how contexts influence reading development of learners of Chinese at different proficiency levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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