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Brantmeier, Cindy; Strube, Michael; Yu, Xiucheng – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
Written recall may be a powerful tool used to address reading deficiencies in China. With 180 students enrolled in a third-year English class at a large university in northeastern China, the present investigation studies the relationship between pausal and idea units used to codify written recalls, and it investigates whether the strength of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading
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Brantmeier, Cindy; Hammadou Sullivan, JoAnn; Strube, Michael – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2014
With 97 learners in an advanced Spanish course, the study examines the effects of textual enhancement adjuncts, prior subject knowledge, first language (L1) reading ability, and second language (L2) Spanish proficiency on L2 comprehension of scientific passages. Readings included two texts with two types of embedded questions: a pause or written…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency, Correlation, Prior Learning
Brantmeier, Cindy; Callender, Aimee; McDaniel, Mark – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2011
With 97 advanced second language (L2) learners of Spanish, the present study utilized domain specific texts to examine the effects of embedded "what" questions and elaborative "why" questions on reading comprehension. Participants read two different vignettes, either with or without the adjuncts, from a social psychology textbook, and then…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Familiarity, Social Psychology, Second Language Learning