CSL Intermediate Learners’ Cognitive Reading Processes: Three Cases Studies

By Xiaohui Sun and Shaoqian Luo.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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The present study aims to explain Chinese as a Second Language (CSL) intermediate learners’ reading processes from the cognitive perspective. The sampling was purposeful based on the intensity sampling strategy. Three CSL intermediate learners participated in the research. Data were collected by in-depth interviews, think-aloud, retrospective interviews, field observations, research journal writings, and reading materials. Data were analysed according to the Moustakas’ (1994) data analysis procedure, Creswell’s (2007) three steps in the data analysis, and Bogdon and Biklen’s (1992) data analysis methods. The results show that CSL intermediate learners’ cognitive reading processes involve mental activities, such as remembering, understanding, analyzing, and evaluating. Among them, remembering includes recognizing and recalling; understanding includes interpreting, summarizing, inferring, and comparing; analyzing includes differentiating and attributing; evaluating includes checking and critiquing and each cognitive reading process includes many specific cognitive reading ways. The present study has theoretical significance to CSL reading research field and pedagogical implications to CSL reading teaching field.

Keywords: CSL Intermediate Learners, Cognitive Reading Process, Comprehending, Thinking

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.35-43. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 3, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 692.091KB)).

Dr. Xiaohui Sun

Applied Linguistics Postdoctor, Pedagogy Doctor, Lecture of School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Dr. Shaoqian Luo

Applied Linguistics Doctor, Professor of School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China