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Background Knowledge, Linguistic Complexity, and Second-Language Reading Comprehension

Examines the role of cultural background knowledge on the reading comprehension of third graders acquiring literacy in Dutch as a first and second language while reading noncontrived texts from the reading curricula. Finds a facilitating effect of cultural familiarity for both reading comprehension and reading efficiency. Notes that this effect was restricted for the minority children to linguistically simple texts. (RS)

  • Contributor: Droop, Mienke, Verhoeven, Ludo
  • Date Published: Jun
  • Journal/Secondary Title: Journal of Literacy Research
  • Notes: FirstSearch indicates your institution subscribes to this publication. Libraries worldwide that own item: 605 UNIV OF COLORADO AT BOULDER Search the catalog at the library of the University of Colorado at Boulder. ISSN: 1086-296X English Theme: Multicultural Issues in Literacy Research and Practice. Journal Article (CIJE) 080 Journal Articles; 143 Reports--Research
  • Number: 2
  • Volume: 30
  • Year: 1998

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