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Title: Reading aloud activity in L2 and cerebral activation
Authors: Takeuchi, Osamu
Ikeda, Maiko
Mizumoto, Atsushi
Author's alias: 竹内, 理
池田, 真生子
水本, 篤
Keywords: reading aloud
L1 and L2 reading
brain imaging
psycholinguistic processes
Japanese EFL learners
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Shimei: RELC journal : A Journal of Language Teaching and Research
Volume: 42
Issue: 2
Start page: 151
End page: 167
Abstract: This article explores the cerebral mechanism of reading aloud activities in L2 learners. These activities have been widely used in L2 learning and teaching, and its effect has been reported in various Asian L2 learning contexts. However, the reasons for its effectiveness have not been examined. In order to fill in this gap, two studies using a brain-imaging technique, near-infrared spectroscopy, were conducted in order to determine a cerebral basis for the effectiveness of reading aloud activities. Study 1 investigated learners with high L2 proficiency to show the difference in cerebral activation between L2 and L1 learners as they read a passage aloud. The effect of material difficulty was also examined in this study. Study 2 then examined learners with both high and low L2 proficiency to show the effect of material difficulty vis-à-vis the learners’ L2 proficiency. The effect of repeated reading aloud activities was also investigated in this study. These studies show that (a) reading aloud in L2 results in a higher degree of cerebral activation than reading aloud in L1 does; (b) reading material beyond learners’ L2 ability aloud results in low brain activation; (c) repetition of the same normal reading aloud activity in L2 does not necessarily increase (or decrease) the level of cerebral activation; however, (d) including a repetitive cognitively demanding reading aloud activity does cause high brain activation. On the basis of these findings, this article provides a cerebral basis for the effectiveness of reading aloud activities in L2 learning.
type: Journal Article
Rights: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in RELC Journal, 42(2), 151-167.August 2012 by SAGE Publications Ltd,All rights reserved. (C)[Osamu Takeuchi, Maiko Ikeda, & Atsushi Mizumoto] Published version:http://rel.sagepub.com/content/43/2/151.abstract
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10112/8455
DOI: 10.1177/0033688212450496
ISSN: 00336882
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