ERIC Number: ED204730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Application of Discourse Analysis: IRI's and ESL Learning.
Two studies examined certain aspects of discourse analysis to determine their value in classroom use. The first study explored the relationships among information recalled as assessed by informal reading inventory comprehension questions, unaided retelling, and schema based retelling. Subjects were 15 fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students who read two passages each--one at the fourth grade level of readability and the other at their individual grade level. The results showed that using descriptive schema to analyze unprompted retelling bore a reasonable relationship to standard methods of evaluating comprehension. The second study examined the difficulties of first and second language learners in the comprehension of six types of propositions as defined by P. D. Pearson and D. D. Johnson. The study involved 160 seventh grade students, who were divided into groups according to their reading level and by whether they spoke English at home. Results suggested that continued reading assistance should be given to English-as-a-second-language students in order to bring them to the levels of proficiency of their English-speaking peers. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Schema Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (30th, San Diego, CA, December 3-6, 1980).