Documenting the Initial Second Language Reading Experience: The Readers Speak


  • Carolyn Gascoigne

    1. University of Nebraska at Omaha
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      Carolyn Gascoigne (PhD, Florida State University) is Associate Professor of French and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska.


ABSTRACT: This article documents strategy, affective reactions, and metacognitive assessments of beginning French students encountering their very first French reading exercise via think-aloud and recall protocols. The findings of this exploratory investigation suggest that beginning second language (L2) readers transfer strategies from the first language (L1) and/or other L2 reading experiences to new reading situations, and are able to manage authentic texts from as early as 12 hours of instruction.