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Navigating the challenges of L2 reading: self-efficacy, self-regulatory reading strategies and learner profiles

Graham, S. ORCID:, Woore, R., Porter, A., Courtney, L. and Savory, C. (2020) Navigating the challenges of L2 reading: self-efficacy, self-regulatory reading strategies and learner profiles. Modern Language Journal, 104 (4). pp. 693-714. ISSN 1540-4781

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Reading in a foreign language has value for learners as a potentially rich source of input as well as enjoyment. It requires persistence, however. Within models of self-regulated learning, persistence relates to learners’ selfefficacy and use of strategies to aid task completion and regulation of engagement. Yet the relationship between self-efficacy and self-regulatory strategies is underexplored for L2 reading, despite some intervention studies finding that instruction aimed at improving strategy use positively influences self-efficacy. The current study investigated the relationship between what we called text engagement regulatory reading strategies (TERRS) and reading self-efficacy among 529 beginner learners of French. It also explored whether different learner profiles exist with respect to that relationship, and how far learners of different profiles benefited in respect of reading self-efficacy from three instructional approaches: phonics instruction plus the use of challenging texts; strategy-based instruction, using the same texts; and using the texts only (no explicit phonics or strategy instruction). The use of TERRS was an important predictor of reading self-efficacy and central to three distinct learner profile clusters. Increases in reading self-efficacy were significantly greater for learners of certain profiles who received strategy-based instruction, with implications for theories of selfregulated language learning and classroom practice.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Language and Literacy in Education
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