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ERIC Number: ED340215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 10
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Reading Comprehension--The Reader and the Read in College Classrooms in Japan.
Christensen, Torkil
Speech Communication Education, v3 p105-113 1990
Some problems facing Japanese learners reading English as a Second Language at the college level are discussed, based on classroom experience with first- and fourth-year English majors. In one group of tasks, students were asked to respond to an open-ended question, perform a reading comprehension exercise, and find specific constructions in newspaper articles. Responses indicate that if the students are not familiar with a question's format they have difficulty following implied instructions. In another assignment, students responded to questions about short readings of varying difficulty. Results suggest the students find simpler stories more interesting, have trouble relating stories to their own lives, and are lost when confronted with unknown words. In an assignment in which they were to evaluate the age and personality of and relations between individuals in a text, students who had discussed this process in class performed better than others. Student evaluations of classroom instructional procedures also suggest that they do not consider a general (less than fully detailed) awareness of topic or content sufficient to evaluate a text, and feel full translation, with rephrasing in Japanese, is required for understanding. They rely little on their own knowledge or ability to interpret. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan