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Exploring variation in reading comprehension among young adult Spanish-English bilinguals: the role of environmental language contact and attitudes toward reading

Abstract: Aims: The goal of this study was to investigate diversity among Spanish-English bilingual university-level students’ reading outcomes and the impact of reading attitudes, motivation, and variation in language environment. Design: The current study included 50 Spanish-English bilingual undergraduate students, mean age 21.8 years, from a university in the western United States. Participants were administered a battery of standardized assessments including measures of executive function, English reading comprehension, working memory, non-verbal IQ, and questionnaires addressing language environment, language behaviour and attitudes toward reading in English and Spanish.Data and analysis: Hierarchical linear regression models regressing reading performance on questionnaire responses were performed.Findings: Spanish-English bilingual university students showed differential reading comprehension outcomes, which were significantly predicted by differences in attitudes toward reading, extrinsic and/or instrumental motivation, and environmental language usage. A combined model of IQ, working memory, perceived English reading skills, and composite of positive attitudes toward reading in Spanish and English accounted for the most variance in reading comprehension scores, 38.5%, F(2,502), p = .03. Greater Spanish use for workplace customer communication significantly predicted higher English reading comprehension. Originality: Distinct from previous research, learners’ perceived value of Spanish reading and use of Spanish in the workplace accounted for variance in English reading outcomes.Significance: Our findings that individual and environmental factors influence variation in reading outcomes indicates further heterogeneity among Spanish-English bilingual university students, with potential implications for reading development and university success.

Publication status:PublishedPeer Review status:Peer reviewedVersion:Accepted ManuscriptDate of acceptance:06 January 2017Notes:Copyright © 2017 The Authors. This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from SAGE at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006917690913

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Publisher: SAGE

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Journal: International Journal of Bilingualismsee more from them

Publication Website: http://journals.sagepub.com/home/IJB

Issue Date: 2017Identifiers

Issn: 1367-0069

Eissn: 1756-6878

Uuid: uuid:a9b7cfa0-a1e6-4948-999d-2d9baa137637

Urn: uri:a9b7cfa0-a1e6-4948-999d-2d9baa137637

Pubs-id: pubs:668406

Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006917690913 Item Description

Type: journal-article;

Version: Accepted ManuscriptKeywords: Spanish-English bilinguals reading reading attitudes language environments young adults

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Autor: Smith, SA - - - Briggs, J - Oxford, SSD, Education - - - Pothier, H - - - - Bibliographic Details Publisher: SAGE - Publisher Web

Fuente: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:a9b7cfa0-a1e6-4948-999d-2d9baa137637



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