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Research on good and poor reader characteristics: Implications for L2 reading research in China

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Title:Research on good and poor reader characteristics: Implications for L2 reading research in China
Authors:Pang, Jixian
Keywords:good and poor readers
L2 reading comprehension
research areas in L2 reading in China
Date Issued:Apr 2008
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:In reading research, studies on good and poor reader characteristics abound. However, these findings remain largely scattered in applied linguistics and cognitive and educational psychology. This paper attempts to synthesize current theory and research on the topic in the past 20 years along 3 dimensions: language knowledge and processing ability, cognitive ability, and metacognitive strategic competence. A profile of good readers follows a review of the literature. With a special reference to second language (L2) reading research and pedagogy in China, the author argues that a key difference between first language and L2 readers is that L2 readers typically have a gap between their L2 proficiency and their knowledge or conceptual maturation, and this tension determines to some degree the characteristics of good versus poor L2 readers. By examining L2 reading research in the country, the author proposes some areas worth exploring in the Chinese context.
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