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ERIC Number: EJ1177004
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Looking at and beyond the Lexical Surface in L2 Reading Comprehension: Insights from a Video-Based Study
Schluer, Jennifer
Language Awareness, v27 n1-2 p113-135 2018
In L2 reading, words and the concepts they denote frequently constitute an important vehicle or obstacle in the comprehension process. However, this has been rarely explored from a language awareness perspective. The current research therefore tailors the constructs of lexical awareness and conceptual awareness to L2 reading contexts by using a video-based approach within text-based cooperative learning environments. The corpus comprises data from 156 EFL learners in 9th grade at German schools who engaged in collaborative strategic reading tasks. The results of the qualitative content analysis demonstrate the multidimensionality of the two major constructs and provide insight into L2 learners' degree of awareness as well as their need for further support. In particular, not only target-lexical and target-conceptual aspects need to be borne in mind, but also the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural dimensions arising from learners' knowledge of other languages and from their prior life experience within specific sociocultural environments. The findings have been incorporated into a revised iceberg model of L2 lexical and conceptual awareness, which illustrates the potentially deceptive nature of the lexical surface as well as the continua of lexical and conceptual similarities and discrepancies across languages and cultures. [This paper was presented at the 13th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness, Vienna, July 2016.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany
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