READABILITY OF ESL PICTURE BOOKS IN MALAYSIA

Ismail, Adlina and Yusof, Normah (2016) READABILITY OF ESL PICTURE BOOKS IN MALAYSIA. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 1 (1). pp. 60-70. ISSN 0127-9386

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Abstract

Predicting readability of a reading text for second language learners is important for teachers, educators, and other concerned parties to make sure the text matches targeted readers’ proficiency. Suitable reading materials would promote language development among readers, especially children. In Malaysia nowadays, English story books for children which are published locally can be easily found in libraries or bookstores. However, the readability of these reading materials has remained uncovered. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the readability of Malaysian English children story books on five aspects (narrativity, syntactic simplicity, word concreteness, referential cohesion and deep cohesion) as provided by the computational tool, Coh-Metrix Common Core Text Ease Readability Assessor (T.E.R.A). Ten local English children story books were selected as samples. It was found that the majority of the samples have high narrativity, syntactic simplicity, and word concreteness but average referential cohesion and deep cohesion. The result revealed that there is lack of attention given to the aspect of cohesion in children story books. This study recommends that children book writers consider the readability of ESL children story books to help children’s language development.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Languages & Communication
Depositing User: Dr Normah Yusof
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2016 04:14
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2016 04:14
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/4997

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