• Donesca Cristina Puntel Xhafaj Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


reading purpose, second language, case stud,


In this case study I investigate how two variables – reading purpose (study or entertainment) and language of the text (first or second) – affect the reading comprehension of a Brazilian reader who has English as her second language. The participant read one text in each language and for each purpose and reading comprehension was assessed through pause protocols and free recall. Results showed that reading purpose did not affect much comprehension since the reading for study condition did not yield better results in the free recall. As regards the language of the text, apparently the reader had a little more difficulty in dealing with both texts in the second language. The results are discussed in relation to the linguistic interdependence and the linguistic threshold hypotheses and also taking into consideration potential methodological influences.


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