Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Content Familiarity on Literal and Inferential Comprehension in L2 Reading

  title={Effects of Working Memory Capacity and Content Familiarity on Literal and Inferential Comprehension in L2 Reading},
  author={Cem Alptekin and G{\"u}lcan Erçetin},
  journal={TESOL Quarterly},
This study examines the effects of working memory capacity and content familiarity on literal and inferential comprehension in second language (L2) reading. Participants were 62 Turkish university students with an advanced English proficiency level. Working memory capacity was measured through a computerized version of a reading span test, whereas content familiarity was achieved through nativization of a narrative, that is, textual and contextual modification to reflect the reader's own… Expand

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