Reading EAP: Investigating high proficiency L2 university students’ strategy use through reading blogs

MCGRATH, Lisa, BERGGREN, Jessica and MEŽEK, Špela (2016). Reading EAP: Investigating high proficiency L2 university students’ strategy use through reading blogs. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 22, 152-164.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.jeap.2016.03.003

Abstract

This study investigates the reading strategies used by academically novice, but high-proficiency L2 students of English enrolled in a teacher education programme at a major Swedish university. Data were obtained from personal reading blogs kept by the students as they undertook course reading at home. An analysis revealed that students employed various reading strategies; however, there was limited evidence to suggest that students employed these strategies routinely. The most common strategy reported was connecting to short-term writing task. While students reported reflecting on their reading, they did not appear to amend unsuccessful strategy use, or re-use successful strategies. The study reveals the difficulties and limitations of high-proficiency L2 students who lack experience of reading academic literature in English, and discusses pedagogical implications for reading blogs.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jeap.2016.03.003
Depositing User: Lisa Mcgrath
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 16:01
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 19:11
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11844

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