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ERIC Number: EJ1164519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Visualizing First and Second Language Interactions in Science Reading: A Knowledge Structure Network Approach
Kim, Kyung
Language Assessment Quarterly, v14 n4 p328-345 2017
The present study considers the potential influence of first language (L1) in reading second language (L2) science text. University mixed proficiency Korean English language learners (n = 136) were asked to complete pre- and post-reading "sorting maps" in L1 or L2 (e.g., sort Korean, read text, sort English). All of the participants' pre-to-post sorting artifacts were then converted into Pathfinder Networks ("PFnets"), a graph-theoretic psychometric scaling approach, to represent the most salient knowledge structure (KS) as their situation model of the L2 text. For the low proficiency readers, the results show that when the L2 science text was reframed by the L2 post-reading sorting map, their L2 post-reading KS was more like their pre-reading KS, a "linear" L2 KS that had no significant correlation with the comprehension posttest. However, when the L2 science text was reframed by the L1 post-reading sorting map, their L1 post-reading KS was more like the L2 text base, which resulted in a "relational" KS that was more like the content expert and significantly correlated with the comprehension posttest. In contrast, the high proficiency readers post-reading KSs were like the L2 lesson text and their post-reading KSs were all "relational" in both languages.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea
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