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ERIC Number: ED354752
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Misreading Viewpoints: Reading Problems among ESL University Students in Hong Kong.
Allison, Desmond; Ip, Kung Sau
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v14 p33-50 1991
A study of reading problems among Hong Kong university students of English as a Second Language has two parts. The first examines a teacher's comparison of a source text with a student's written response. The student subject was a highly-motivated, proficient learner. Discussion of her reading problems focuses on the incidence of misinterpretation of information presented in spite of her characteristic integrative reading strategy, and on her misunderstanding of an author's perspective that is not supportive of the views presented. The second part is a quasi-experimental study to document readers' problems in distinguishing an author's disagreement with views cited in academic discourse. Subjects were 77 university freshmen who read a 959-word extract from a sociology text and answered questions about the author's viewpoint. About half the students were given selective instructions for reading, and the other half were given holistic instructions. Results suggest that problems in identifying an author's viewpoint is common in this population, and that the selective reading strategy may have exacerbated these problems. It is proposed that students be given opportunities to articulate their interpretations of texts and the linguistic reasons for those interpretations. Three texts used in the study and a student worksheet are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong