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ERIC Number: EJ1214437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
Understanding L2 Reading Cognitive Processes: The Case of the L2 Reader's Goal
Mesgarshahr, Abulfazl; Alavi, Seyyed Mohammad
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v19 n1 p206-225 Apr 2019
This study presents empirical evidence for the hypothesis that reading purpose may impact upon the cognitive processes that L2 readers use in comprehending a text. 25 advanced learners of English were put into two purpose groups--testing condition (TC) and learning condition (LC). The participants in the TC read two expository passages and answered 26 comprehension test items, while the LC participants read the same passages but without test items. Both groups were asked to verbalize their thoughts while performing the tasks. The data obtained from verbal reports, retrospective interviews, and the errors made during comprehending the passages or answering test items were collected and then analyzed. The results showed that readers pursuing different goals may engage in quantitatively as well as qualitatively different cognitive processes and strategies. The implications for L2 reading instruction and assessment are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language; International English Language Testing System