Reading in English for Academic Purposes A Case for Language Proficiency

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Soon Hock Tan


This study considers the issue of the relative importance of familiarity of content and language proficiency in reading in a second/foreign language.  It also attempts to investigate the validity of the finding that language proficiency can short-circuit comprehension of a text written in that language for an academic purpose.


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Tan, S. H. (2017). Reading in English for Academic Purposes: A Case for Language Proficiency. Journal of Modern Languages, 9(1), 49–61. Retrieved from