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Misreading Viewpoints [microform] : Reading Problems among ESL University Students in Hong Kong / Desmond Allison and Kung Sau Ip
Bib ID 5555162
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Allison, Desmond
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1991 
19 p. 
ISSN 1015-2059 

A study of reading problems among Hong Kong university students of English as a Second Language has two parts. The first examines a teacher's comparison of a source text with a student's written response. The student subject was a highly-motivated, proficient learner. Discussion of her reading problems focuses on the incidence of misinterpretation of information presented in spite of her characteristic integrative reading strategy, and on her misunderstanding of an author's perspective that is not supportive of the views presented. The second part is a quasi-experimental study to document readers' problems in distinguishing an author's disagreement with views cited in academic discourse. Subjects were 77 university freshmen who read a 959-word extract from a sociology text and answered questions about the author's viewpoint. About half the students were given selective instructions for reading, and the other half were given holistic instructions. Results suggest that problems in identifying an author's viewpoint is common in this population, and that the selective reading strategy may have exacerbated these problems. It is proposed that students be given opportunities to articulate their interpretations of texts and the linguistic reasons for those interpretations. Three texts used in the study and a student worksheet are appended. (MSE)


ERIC Note: For the serial issue from which this paper is analyzed, see FL 020 947.

Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v14 p33-50 1991.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Academic Discourse.  |  Case Studies.  |  Discourse Analysis.  |  English for Academic Purposes.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Foreign Countries.  |  Higher Education.  |  Language Research.  |  Linguistic Theory.  |  Reading Comprehension.  |  Reading Difficulties.  |  Reading Skills.  |  Undergraduate Students.  |  Hong Kong
Form/genre Reports, Evaluative.  |  Journal Articles.
Other authors/contributors Ip, Kung Sau, author
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