Title

Intercultural rhetoric and reading comprehension in a second language

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Reading Psychology

Publication Date

10-6-2010

Volume

31

Issue

5

First Page

472

Last Page

491

Abstract

Intercultural rhetoric has been studied in the context of second language writing for many decades. This article looks at the topic from a new perspective and offers an experimental study of the effects of intercultural rhetoric on reading comprehension. The experiment was set in Hong Kong, China, and assessed the reading comprehension (using a rational cloze design and quantitative and qualitative recall protocols) of 490 school students who were presented with four rhetorically different texts. Results suggest that the rhetoric of the students' first language (Chinese) had clear effects on reading comprehension.

DOI

10.1080/02702710903054949

Print ISSN

02702711

E-ISSN

15210685

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Sharp, A. I. (2010). Intercultural rhetoric and reading comprehension in a second language. Reading Psychology, 31(5), 472-491. doi: 10.1080/02702710903054949