Language Proficiency, Reading Development, and Learning Context
Keywords:Proficiency, Reading, Study-abroad, Learning context, Learners of Chinese, Study abroad, Education abroad
Language learning context plays an important role in second language acquisition. Yet little research has been done to find out the effects of contexts on second language reading development. This study compared the reading development of students at three proficiency levels in two learning contexts: the study abroad context and the at homeland context. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were used to measure the students’ progress. The results indicate that learning contexts play a role in learners’ reading development. The facilitative effects of the study-abroad context are more pronounced at the intermediate level.
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