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Critical reading in English as a second language

Muhamad, Ainon Jariah and Mohd. Asraf, Ratnawati (2007) Critical reading in English as a second language. In: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA-SAANZ) International Conference, 4th--6th December 2007, Auckland New Zealand. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether tertiary level students were able to respond critically to English academic texts. Examining the extent to which critical reading strategies are used will give an insight into the reading process, a useful feedback in the teaching of reading. Based on the premise that critical thinking is an important educational objective, and that tertiary level reading is an interactive process involving higher order skills, it is only fitting to look into the critical reading process, specifically at the strategies the students adopt in their attempts at constructing meaning. For the purpose of this study, the critical reading strategies are defined based on the critical thinking skills model by Facione (2004). The think aloud data constituted the main source of data on the reading strategies. Findings revealed that although the students were able to utilize the critical reading strategies, they were only able to do so to a certain extent. It is also an indication that there is still a lot to be done to improve students’ ability to think and read critically, and should be reflected in the curriculum, especially when English is used as the medium of tertiary level instruction.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2044/3480
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD) > English Language Division
Depositing User: AssoProfDr Ainon Jariah Muhamad
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2011 10:20
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2011 13:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3480

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