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Title: The Effect of Reading Strategy Training on University ESL Learners' Reading Comprehension
Author: Alireza Karbalaei
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Institution: University of Mysore
Author: K S Rajyashree
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Institution: Central Institute of Indian Languages
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The current research examined the effects of note-taking instruction on reading comprehension of college students at undergraduate level. A sample of 63 students majoring in English, aged 17-25 (32 males, 31 females) were selected from among students of four classes in three different colleges in Mysore, India. They received 9 weeks of instruction and practice by Cornell method of note-taking. The effects of the note-taking instruction were measured by their performance on two multiple-choice reading comprehension texts. Students' performances on a proficiency test was used to group them into two levels (high vs. low) and functioned as another independent variable in analysis in addition to gender as another variable in this study. Results indicated significant treatment effect in favor of the strategy of note-taking instruction on both high and low groups. There was no statistically significant difference between low and high groups after instruction, although such a difference existed between two groups before instruction./L/The results suggest that college students can be instructed to develop note-taking ability that promotes their learning without taking gender factor into account because there was no significant difference between males and females in this study.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: In Progress
Publication Info: Language in India, Volume 9, p. 112-127


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