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ERIC Number: EJ955056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0510
Effects of Lexical Cohesion and Macrorules on EFL Students' Main Idea Comprehension
Wilawan, Sujunya
Reading Improvement, v48 n2 p71-87 Sum 2011
This study investigated the effects of an instructional procedure which incorporated lexical cohesion and macrorules to promote main idea comprehension of Thai EFL students. One hundred and six undergraduate students taking a reading module were randomly assigned to one of three teaching conditions: the combined use of lexical cohesion and macrorules, lexical cohesion alone, and traditional skill-based instruction. The main idea comprehension test was employed to assess students' performance on main idea comprehension. Interviews were used to investigate the strategies use during main idea processing. Postintervention questionnaires were also applied to examine the students' attitudes towards the teaching models. Statistical analyses revealed a significant improvement in the main idea comprehension post-test of the experimental and control groups. Significance of group differences, however, was not found. The findings suggest that main idea instruction requires a simultaneous integration of various reading techniques. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand