Bilingual Education Project, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1V6
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This paper is the fourth in a series of studies focusing on the problems that Israeli students encounter in reading technical texts in English. This study deals with non-native students' understanding of what they read and on how their understanding compares with that of natives. Also being tested is a method for investigating students' understanding of texts. The theory of cohesion developed by Halliday and Hasan provided the researchers with a useful tool for analyzing the target text and for generating a series of questions. These questions were asked of a small number of native and non-native readers of English. It was found that cohesive factors distinguished non-native from native readers but it was not established which of these factors was most important in the reading process. It is suggested that collecting introspective information from non-native informants about how they answer comprehension questions could be helpful in understanding second-language reading. (Author/NCR)
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Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Bilingual Education Project.