publication . Doctoral thesis . 2013

Academic Language Knowledge and Comprehension of Science Text for English Language Learners and Fluent English-Speaking Students

Chang, Sandy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
As an initial step toward understanding which features of academic language make science-based expository text difficult for students with different English language proficiency (ELP) designations, this study investigated fifth-grade students' thoughts on text difficulty, their knowledge of the features of academic language, and the relationship between academic language and reading comprehension. Forty-five fifth-grade students participated in the study; 18 students were classified as English language learners (ELLs) and 27 students were fluent-English speakers. Participants read two science passages, answered comprehension questions, and engaged in a retrosp...
free text keywords: Expository texts, Education, Academic language, Reading Comprehension, English language learners
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