Reading in a Second Language
Cognitive and Psycholinguistic Perspectives
Routledge – 2016 – 338 pages
The book provides a comprehensive overview of the primary factors which shape the development of second language reading skills in children and adolescents. It describes the phenomenon and process of reading in a second language from linguistic, psycholinguistic and cognitive perspectives, while using research on first-language reading as a foundation. At the same time, the book acknowledges the importance of the social and educational contexts in which reading development takes place and keeps in mind the numerous exciting ways in which changes in modern society and technology are reshaping second-language reading. Important pedagogical and planning/policy implications of the surveyed research are highlighted. With its balance of theoretical, empirical, and practical/applied content, this is the ideal textbook for the graduate-level courses in reading found in second language acquisition, linguistics, educational and applied psychology, and teacher education programs.
1. Languages and Scripts 2. Reading and Cognition 3. Word Recognition and Spelling 4. Cross-Language Transfer of Cognitive and Metalinguistic Skills. 5. Vocabulary and Reading 6. Higher-Level Processes in Reading 7. Reading Strategies and Knowledge of Text Structure 8. The Social Context of Second Language Reading 9. Reading in a Technological Age 10. Problems with Reading.