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ERIC Number: ED386041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
What Foreign Language Learners Do in Their Academic Reading?
Cheng, Liying
This paper summarizes research findings on academic reading obtained from a questionnaire, two reading tests, and a textbook analysis and discusses essential reading skills required of foreign language (FL) learners in carrying out their academic studies as well as the skills with which they have problems. Results revealed that the essential reading skills required and the skills with which students have the most problems are: skimming; understanding unknown words; and reading a text or parts of a text more slowly and carefully to extract relevant information for a written assignment, such as an essay, dissertation, or examination. Correlations between reading tests testing global skills and discrete skills indicate that these learners tend to do better on global skills; poor and highly competent learners seem to use their skills eclectically or holistically whereas testing of global and discrete skills would produce quite different results for learners of average competence. Findings also suggest that too much emphasis in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) reading has been given to careful and detailed reading at the cost of faster reading skills, required of learners and with which they have the most problems. It is concluded that separate, divisible, and identifiable reading skills exist from the point of teaching, learning, and materials writing. (Contains 47 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong