Development of second language reading skills

Cross-linguistic perspectives

Authored by: Keiko Koda

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415479936
eBook ISBN: 9780203808184
Adobe ISBN: 9781136666896


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Reading is a complex construct, involving multiple operations and a unique set of skills each of those operations entail. When learning to read occurs in a second language (L2), the complexity increases exponentially because each operation involves two languages (Koda, 2005). The primary objective of this chapter is to explore how the involvement of two languages affects L2 reading development. In probing highly complex issues, entailing multiple skills in multiple languages, it is important to clarify the basic assumptions underlying the conceptual explorations.

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