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Modifications That Preserve Language and Content [microform] / Michael H. Long and Steven Ross
Bib ID 5571623
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Long, Michael H
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1993 
26 p. 
Summary

This article reviews the research on the simplification of reading materials for second language (SL) learners and reports on an experiment of the effects of text simplification and elaboration on the reading comprehension of SL learners. Elaboration can improve the comprehensibility of texts without removing new linguistic forms that students need to learn or diluting the semantic content of the original. A review of the research suggests that linguistic simplification of texts fails on both counts, producing unnatural target language models. A study involving 483 Japanese college students studying English as a Foreign Language (EFL) for at least 8 years was conducted to determine their reading comprehension of unmodified, simplified, and elaborated texts. The study found that students who read the simplified passages scored higher on a multiple-choice comprehension test than students who read the unmodified version. Students who read the elaborated versions of the passages scored higher than those who read the unmodified versions, but not statistically significantly so. It also found that there was no statistically significant difference between the reading scores of students who read the simplified and elaborated versions of the passages. (MDM)

Notes

ERIC Note: In: Tickoo, M. L., Ed. Simplification: Theory and Application. Anthology Series 31; see FL 022 043.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Students.  |  Educational Media.  |  Educational Strategies.  |  English (Second Language)  |  Higher Education.  |  Instructional Materials.  |  Language Attitudes.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Usage.  |  Reading Comprehension.  |  Second Language Instruction.  |  Second Language Learning.  |  Elaboration Simplification (Language)
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Ross, Steven, author
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