Selective attention of L2 learners in task-based reading online

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    Selective attention to task-relevant content is an essential strategy for readers. There is
    evidence that proficient readers more often consider their purpose and focus attention
    selectively. However, eye tracking research has revealed several limitations with survey
    data on reading strategies, and few second language (L2) reading studies have explicitly
    examined selective attention. This study includes two experiments utilizing eye tracking
    to determine how Japanese university-aged learners read an online text to research
    specific information. The first experiment evaluates the reading strategies of the
    participants and examines the effect on task performance. The second experiment
    investigates the effect of strategy training. The eye tracking results in experiment one
    suggested that many participants did not display strategic competence. Selective attention
    and the number of reading strategies identified in the data correlated with taskperformance. The second experiment revealed that strategy training increased the use of
    selective attention and improved task performance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)269-290
    JournalReading in a Foreign Language
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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