Edited by Laura Gurzynski-Weiss and YouJin Kim
[Research Methods in Applied Linguistics 3] 2022
► pp. 281–304
What is involved in skilled reading and learning to read in a second language (L2), compared with the first language (L1)? Answers to this question can shape our thinking about what needs to be taught and investigated in instructed second language acquisition of reading by learners already literate in their L1s. Reading comprehension is a complex cognitive task that is notoriously difficult to define and measure (Nation & Waring, 2019), and building on relevant research paradigms and methods from adjacent fields offers a way to address this complexity. In this chapter, I consider interdisciplinary methodological approaches used to study reading that ISLAR researchers can adopt and adapt in investigating learning to read and reading to learn in an additional language. The chapter concludes with a detailed look at selected studies exemplifying the use of such research methods and advice for future L2 reading researchers.