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

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

Paperback Studies in Language Testing

By (author) Toshihiko Shiotsu

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 12mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 11 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521157277
  • ISBN 13: 9780521157278
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,018,729

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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.

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