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ERIC Number: EJ1053676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
Using the Dictionary for Improving Adolescents' Reading Comprehension of Short Scientific Texts (Uso del diccionario para mejorar la comprensión lectora de textos científicos cortos en inglés con adolescentes)
Becerra Cortés, Ximena
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v15 n2 p11-33 Oct 2013
This paper reports on an innovative and action research project which focused on the use of the dictionary and the prior knowledge of Colombian high school students to improve their reading comprehension of short scientific texts. Data collection instruments included students' work gathered during two workshops, field notes, and a questionnaire. Findings showed that searching in the dictionary and activating prior knowledge seem to facilitate the use of the text to answer reading comprehension questions. Students experienced less difficulty answering questions that required literal information than those that required establishing relationships among elements of the text. They equally valued the prior knowledge of the subject and the use of the dictionary in the resolution of science workshops in English.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A