ERIC Number: ED394292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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The Use of Think-Aloud Procedure for EFL Instruction.
A study investigated the effectiveness of training students in think-aloud procedure to improve reading comprehension. Subjects were two groups of Taiwanese university students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). In the first week, a think-aloud training session was given to one group. Then both groups were asked to read an English passage and take a comprehension test. In the second week, the second group was given initial think-aloud training and the first group was given additional training. Both groups read a new passage and took a comprehension test. Finally, both groups were administered a questionnaire about use of the think-aloud protocol. Results showed no significant difference between the groups but did show significant differences in the mean scores of the first and second tests. Possible explanations are considered. Questionnaire responses revealed factors that could affect student comfort level with the think-aloud procedures (length of training, text difficulty). It is concluded that while these results are not conclusive, the procedure can be used as a means of fostering text awareness and comprehension. Contains 32 references and the survey instrument. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).