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Yan Li, Shanyu Xu and Qiaoying Wang (1): The effects of simplified and elaborated texts on second language reading comprehension: an exploratory study. VIAL. Number 2/2005: 45-74.
This exploratory study was conducted to investigate the effects of two
types of input modification-simplification and elaboration- on Filipino
high school students┤second language reading comprehension. Forty-eight
participants were divided into high and low language proficiency
groups. Three English reading passages in one of the three
forms-baseline, simplified and elaborated-were presented to them.
Reading comprehension was evaluated based on their performance on three
types of comprehension question items: general, specific and
inferential. The data were analyzed according to the mean scores in
each proficiency and text type group. This study found that modified
written input was more comprehensible than unmodified written input for
Filipino learners of English; however, it appeared more helpful to the
LP students than the HP students on overall reading comprehension. The
results also indicated that simplified passages are easier for them to
comprehend than elaborated passages. In addition, the HP students
always had significantly higher scores in general and specific
comprehension question items except in inferential comprehension type.
(1) College of Education, de La Salle University.
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