The Role of First Language Literacy and Second Language Proficiency in Second Language Reading Comprehension
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.
Since an important role for working memory has been found in the first language acquisition (e.g., Daneman, 1991; Daneman & Green, 1986; Waters & Caplan, 1996), research on the role of working memory is emerging as an area of concern for second language acquisition (e.g., Atkins & Baddeley, 1998; Miyake & Freidman, 1998; Robinson, 1995, 2002, ...متن کامل
This paper explores the ways in which the transfer of assumptions from first language (L1) writing can help the process of writing in second language (L2). In learning second language writing skills, learners have two primary sources from which they construct a second language system: knowledge and skills from first language and input from second language. To investigate the relative impact of ...متن کامل
The present study aims to consider the linguistic influence of official standard Persian language on idiom comprehension focusing on parts of body comprehension of Kurdish EFL learners. Most of the Kurds have studied in schools in which the language spoken or written has been different from their mother tongue. The present study is based on data from 92 EFL learners whom Kurdish is their first ...متن کامل
Reading motivation is a well-researched topic in relation to first language literacy development due to its influence on both reading processes and outcomes. In second language reading, the role of motivation has not been as thoroughly explored. The aim of this review of literature is to highlight established studies as well as recent explorations in some recurring areas of first and second lan...متن کامل
The Interplay between Young Learners' Sense of Self-Efficacy in Reading Comprehension and English Language Proficiency
This study intended to explore the interplay between young language learners' sense of self-efficacy regarding reading comprehension in their reading test performance associated with learning English among universities. To undertake the study, a purposive sampling method was adopted. A total of 60 freshmen undergraduate learners of English consented to participate in this study. A self-efficac...متن کامل