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ERIC Number: EJ974102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1539-0578
The Interplay of Processing Task, Text Type, and Proficiency in L2 Reading
Yoshida, Mami
Reading in a Foreign Language, v24 n1 p1-29 Apr 2012
This study was an investigation of how particular processing tasks influence L2 reading in relation to text type effects and L2 reading proficiency. Two groups of Japanese university EFL students (N = 103), varying in English reading proficiency, read a narrative passage and an expository passage in one of three task conditions: outlining, answering embedded questions, and reading only. All three groups produced written recalls immediately after reading as well as one week later. The results indicated no significant differences related to task types. However, a main effect for text type effect was shown only on the immediate recall of main ideas: More main ideas were recalled for the narrative text than for the expository text. Text type effects became more prominent in the delayed recalls. The content analysis of prototypical recalls suggested qualitative differences between task types and possible interactions between task types and text types. (Contains 9 tables.)
Reading in a Foreign Language. National Foreign Language Resource Center, 1859 East-West Road #106, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan