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ERIC Number: EJ905526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
A Dynamic Metacognitive Systems Account of Chinese University Students' Knowledge about EFL Reading
Zhang, Lawrence Jun
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v44 n2 p320-353 Jun 2010
Metacognition, conceptualized as a set of dynamic systems, has been recognized as an important area of academic and pedagogical inquiry in applied linguistics from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Nonetheless, literature on students' metacognition about EFL reading is still cursory, and that is particularly true as regards Chinese EFL students. In response to globalization, many students whose first language is Chinese have become transnationals and are pursuing academic studies in English. The current study focuses on these second language (L2) learners. By reporting findings from an interview study of 20 Chinese students' EFL reading experiences framed within a dynamic metacognitive systems perspective, it attempts to account for the learner behavior and thinking that are normally reported under the rubric of language learning strategy research, which has courted criticism recently. The results suggest that there is a strong relationship between metacognition and successful EFL reading comprehension, and that the successful and the less successful L2 students are different in the amount and the quality of the metacognitive knowledge they possess. These results are discussed for possible insights into research on such learners and the pedagogical practices of teachers working with them. (Contains 2 tables.)
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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: China