Accession Number : ADA213110


Title :   Academic Text Features and Reading in English as a Second Language


Descriptive Note : Technical rept. 1985-1988


Corporate Author : CALIFORNIA UNIV SANTA BARBARA DEPT OF EDUCATION


Personal Author(s) : Duran, Richard P ; Goldman, Susan R ; Smith, Michaele


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a213110.pdf


Report Date : 29 Aug 1989


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : Several general text characteristics can have significant impact on reasoning and comprehension. In our efforts to examine the strategies ESL (english as a Second Language) students' employ when learning from test, it became necessary to carefully examine such test characteristics. We first review the literature on ESL students' study strategies and how they might interact with formating and linguistic conventions in text. Three classes of discourse-level phenomena are then described and illustrated with examples from typical college text: topic development and background knowledge, subordination, and logical connectors. We suggest several ways in which these potentially impact ESL reading strategies. Finally, directions for research and some preliminary empirical findings from work conducted with ESL students are presented. (KR)


Descriptors :   *ENGLISH LANGUAGE , *LEARNING , IMPACT , STUDENTS , COMPREHENSION , READING , STRATEGY , TEST AND EVALUATION , REASONING


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE