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ERIC Number: ED364094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 15
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The Syntactical Problems Chinese College Students Meet in Reading English Technical Textbooks.
Tzung-yu, Cheng
Taiwanese college students have significant difficulty in reading technical texts in English. Based on information gathered from students in freshman English classes in Taiwan, and on previous research, three significant areas of student confusion are: (1) frequent use of prepositions, particularly when an English preposition with multiple meanings is used with a marker in Chinese that is similar to the genitive case; (2) use of a relative clause that interrupts the subject-verb-object sequence of an independent clause, e.g., "the money that you gave him...," especially difficult in the lengthy sentences of a technical text; and (3) failure to look at the English phrase as a whole instead of individual words. Two techniques are found useful for helping Chinese students overcome these difficulties. The first, the phrase structure approach, requires students to become familiar with the rules and elements that build noun, verb, adjectival, and adverbial phrases and learn to identify and manipulate them. The second, designed to bridge the gap between secondary school and college English reading instruction, involves identifying and translating specific structures in short passages. It uses a large number of passages on varied topics, arranged by sentence complexity. Students have responded very positively to this approach. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan