Components of L2 Reading: Linguistic and Processing Factors in the Reading Test Performances of Japanese EFL Learners by Toshihiko ShiotsuComponents of L2 Reading: Linguistic and Processing Factors in the Reading Test Performances of Japanese EFL Learners by Toshihiko Shiotsu

Components of L2 Reading: Linguistic and Processing Factors in the Reading Test Performances of…

byToshihiko Shiotsu

Paperback | July 11, 2011

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The book investigates the explanatory variables for the passage-reading comprehension performance of Japanese EFL learners and their sentence-reading speed. Following rigorous preliminary studies evaluating the significance of the candidate variables and refining research instruments, a large scale main study was conducted. Regression analyses indicated that syntactic knowledge was the best predictor of passage-reading ability, while vocabulary breadth also contributed to its prediction. Subgroup analyses supported the significance of syntactic knowledge for both higher- and lower-ability readers. Sentence-reading speed was best predicted by the speed of lexical semantic access. The significance of this speed was also consistent across the group division. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis and structural equation modelling of the data indicated that the performances of the participants were best explained in terms of two latent factors: one based on careful text processing power and the other on efficiency of lexical semantic access.
Title:Components of L2 Reading: Linguistic and Processing Factors in the Reading Test Performances of…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:July 11, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521157277

ISBN - 13:9780521157278

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