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ERIC Number: EJ955195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1533-242X
The Role of First Language Literacy and Second Language Proficiency in Second Language Reading Comprehension
Jiang, Xiangying
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v11 n2 p177-190 Apr 2011
This study examined the interrelationships of first language (L1) literacy, second language (L2) proficiency, and L2 reading comprehension with 246 Chinese college students learning English. L1 literacy and L2 proficiency were measured with college admission exams in Chinese and English. L2 reading comprehension was measured with the reading comprehension section of a TOEFL and a researcher-developed passage comprehension test. L1 literacy was found to be moderately correlated with L2 language proficiency, as was L2 language proficiency with L2 reading comprehension. Regression analyses demonstrated that L2 language proficiency accounted for 27%-39% of variance in L2 reading comprehension, while L1 literacy accounted for less than 6% of the variance. These findings confirmed the assumption that L2 language proficiency contributes up to 30% of the variance in L2 reading performance, but failed to provide evidence that L1 literacy contributes up to about 20% of the variance in L2 reading. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language