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ERIC Number: EJ1137897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
The Effects of L1 and L2 Group Discussions on L2 Reading Comprehension
Turnbull, Blake; Evans, Moyra Sweetnam
Reading in a Foreign Language, v29 n1 p133-154 Apr 2017
The aim of this study was to explore the effects of post-reading group discussions in both first (L1) and second (L2) languages on L2 reading comprehension. The participants were fifteen Japanese university students of intermediate-level English. Three cohorts read four English texts and produced individual written recalls. Group 1 (the control group) responded in writing without discussion; group 2 discussed the texts in their L2 (English) before producing written recalls, and group 3 discussed the texts in their L1 (Japanese) before writing their recalls. The findings show that participants in the L1 discussion group used a larger number of higher-order processing and reading strategies than did those in the other two groups, suggesting that L1 group discussions have a positive effect on learners' reading comprehension. The authors make recommendations for teachers to use bilingual teaching strategies and to encourage the strategic use of the L1 in the L2 classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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