While reading behaviors have been studied extensively in L1 reading studies through the use of eye-tracking and L2 reading has been measured through inherently indirect means, there is a relative lack of research done on early and late reading measures of ESL readers. Eye-tracking technology, available to researchers only in the past few decades, has opened the field to a new means of measuring these early and late measures of reading in second language learners. This study investigates the reading behaviors of 34 native Portuguese and Chinese readers who read in both their native languages (L1) and in their second language (L2), which is English. It was found that readers processed their reading differently in response to different text difficulties and varied between the different native languages.
College and Department
Humanities; Linguistics and English Language
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Blackwell, Logan Kyle, "Portuguese and Chinese ESL Reading Behaviors Compared: An Eye-Tracking Study" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 8435.
ESL, reading, reading proficiency, eye-tracking, Portuguese, Chinese