Intercultural rhetoric and reading comprehension in a second language

Alastair Ian SHARP

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Intercultural rhetoric has been studied in the context of second language writing for many decades. This article looks at the topic from a new perspective and offers an experimental study of the effects of intercultural rhetoric on reading comprehension. The experiment was set in Hong Kong, China, and assessed the reading comprehension (using a rational cloze design and quantitative and qualitative recall protocols) of 490 school students who were presented with four rhetorically different texts. Results suggest that the rhetoric of the students' first language (Chinese) had clear effects on reading comprehension.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-491
Number of pages20
JournalReading Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2010


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