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Efficient reading in standardized tests for EFL learners: a case study of reading strategies used by Chinese English major students in TEM-4
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to investigate the reading strategies used by Chinese English major students in the reading component in standardized national tests of TEM-4 with regard to reading efficiency. The research questions include: 1) what strategies are used by the students in TEM-4 test context; 2) whether there is a significant correlation between strategy use and efficient reading in the test; 3) what kinds of reading problems are revealed in the students’ use of processing strategies; 4) what can teachers do to promote efficient reading in classrooms. The data were collected from 25 English major students, including their reading efficiency indicated in the test performance, a reading strategy checklist and a questionnaire about the students’ perception of reading strategy and obstacles to their efficient reading. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses were used for comparisons between proficient students and non-proficient students.

The findings indicate that the students in general rely on metacognitive and test-wiseness strategies in their reading practice. There is no significant relationship between strategy use and test performance. The difference between proficient and non-proficient students lies in the automaticity and fluency at lower-level skills rather than a mere use of metacognitive strategies. The reading problems common students are facing include inadequate language proficiency with limited vocabulary and a lack of automaticity, low reading speed and a lack of background knowledge. Suggestions are given for future reading teaching to promote efficient reading in these aspects.

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Keyword [en]
reading strategy, efficient reading, TEM-4
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8355OAI: diva2:429440
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-09-15 Created: 2011-07-04 Last updated: 2011-09-15Bibliographically approved

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