ERIC Number: ED326859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Difficulty of Reading Materials: The Noun Frequency Method. Revised Edition.
Elley, Warwick B.; Croft, Cedric
This booklet describes and discusses a method for determining the readability level of prose passages in reading materials for children. The method discussed in the booklet assigns a value to each noun in selected passages on the basis of its frequency level on standard word-frequency charts, correlated in a number of studies with independent estimates of the difficulty of reading passages. Comparisons are made with other readability estimates, and strengths and weaknesses of the noun-frequency method are discussed in the booklet. An appendix lists 2,050 nouns graded by frequency of use in free writing of New Zealand primary school children. (MG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand