The effects of text structure, structure awareness and proficiency level on EFL learners' reading test performance

WANG Min; CAO Yang-bo
February 2009
Sino-US English Teaching;2009, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p14
Academic Journal
The present study probed into the effects of text structure, structure awareness and proficiency level on EFL learners' reading test performance. There are 112 college-level students participated in the experiment and their English proficiency belonged to distinct levels. The subjects' performance on the recall of two passages written in different types of structure was examined. Results of statistical indicate that text structure, structure awareness and proficiency level all have main effects on the subjects' reading performance. More specifically, two major findings emerged from the results of the investigation. One the one hand, text structures significantly affected the quantity but not the quality of the information recalled while proficiency level and structure awareness had significant impact on both the quantity and quality of information recalled. On the other hand, structure awareness was irrelevant to either text structure or proficiency level. The implications of the findings for teaching L2/FL reading were suggested.


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