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Brantmeier, Cindy; Callender, Aimee; Yu, Xiucheng; McDaniel, Mark – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2012
The present study utilizes texts from social psychology to examine the effects of textual enhancements on reading comprehension with 185 native adult Chinese speakers learning English in China. Participants read two different vignettes, either with or without an adjunct. Each adjunct consisted of a "what" question along with instructions…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Vignettes, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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
Brantmeier, Cindy – Reading in a Foreign Language, 2006
With 104 advanced second language (L2) readers, this investigation seeks to construct a multicomponent model of interest and L2 reading. Sources of interest (SI) refer to variables that induce feelings of interest in a text. Perceived interest (PI) refers to the feeling of interest itself (Schraw, Bruning, & Svoboda, 1995). A factor analysis…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Prior Learning, Factor Analysis, Reading Comprehension