Special Issue "The Science of Second Language Reading: Ecological, Educational, Neurolinguistic, Psychological, and Sociocultural Perspectives"

A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 453

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sihui (Echo) Ke
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Guest Editor
Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA
Interests: second language reading; biliteracy development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In many parts of the world, literacy competency in a second language is required for gaining access to formal education; thus, it is imperative that we expand the understanding of the nature of reading development in an additional language from different theoretical and methodological perspectives. 

The aim of this Special Issue is three-folded:

  • To clarify the universal and language-specific processes in second language reading acquisition and how language-, measurement-, learner-, and context-related factors can shape the development of language and literacy skills in two or multiple languages;
  • To expand current work of language and literacy education to solve real-world problems in relation to the use of multiple languages because the competence of an additional language, oftentimes, is not just an asset for learners but the key to accessing formal education in a current globalized world;
  • To provide a venue for the report of interdisciplinary collaboration and participation, and the training for researchers, teachers and students to work in typologically different languages across fields, including cognitive science, education, linguistics, psychology, and second language acquisition.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Comparing first and second language reading
  • Cross-language and cross-cultural influences in second language reading
  • Ecological and sociocultural perspectives of second language literacy
  • Individual differences in second language reading acquisition
  • Meta-analyses and systematic reviews of second language reading research
  • Metalinguistic awareness and second language reading
  • Neurolinguistic and psycholinguistic approaches toward second language reading research
  • Reading and second language acquisition interfaces
  • Second language reading and special education
  • Second language reading and teacher education
  • Second language reading assessment and instruction
  • Second language reading acquisition during COVID-19
  • Technology and second language reading education
  • Vocabulary and second language reading acquisition

Dr. Sihui (Echo) Ke
Guest Editor

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  • reading
  • second language acquisition
  • education
  • interdisciplinarity

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