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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2019, 2(2); doi: 10.25236/FER.033025.

Recent studies into working memory capacity and L2 reading comprehension


Wenpu Wang1,*, Wei Lin2

Corresponding Author:
Wenpu Wang

1. Foreign Languages Department, Chengdu Technological University, Chengdu 611730, China
2.Foreign Languages Department, Chengdu Technological University, Chengdu, China


Working memory capacity, commonly believed to be much related to reading ability, has been looked into by previous studies in its positive relationship with L1 reading ability. Whereas, more recent studies explored its relationship with L2 reading ability. Through the a review of the recent studies into the relationship between working memory capacity and L2 reading ability from the perspectives of measurement instruments, test performance scoring, interaction and manipulation of other factors, this paper tries to reveal the findings, complexities, and direction for future research.


Working memory, L2 reading ability, measurement

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Wenpu Wang, Wei Lin, Recent studies into working memory capacity and L2 reading comprehension  (2019) Vol. 2 Issue 2: 170-175. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.033025.


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