Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics VIAL
Carolyn D. Castro (1): Improving L2 reading and summarising skills through explicit instruction in text structure. VIAL. Number 3/2006: 59-78.
This study investigates whether teaching text structure as a
post-reading and pre-writing strategy results in improved reading
comprehension. First-year college students (n=41) from two intact
English One classes participated in the study, with the experimental
group receiving strategy training exercises. Independent raters rated
the students' summaries and the scores of the two groups were compared
by means of t-tests. The results show that the post-test summaries of
the experimental group were rated significantly higher while no change
was observed in those of the control group. This suggests that teaching
outlining and raising L2 learners' awareness of text structure results
in improved comprehension and more detailed and organized summaries.
(1) De La Salle University, Philippines.
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