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Cohesion features in ESL reading: Comparing beginning, intermediate and advanced textbooks

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Title:Cohesion features in ESL reading: Comparing beginning, intermediate and advanced textbooks
Authors:Plakans, Lia
Bilk Zeynep
Keywords:Cohesion
ESL Textbooks
Reading Passages
Date Issued:Apr 2016
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This study of English as a second language (ESL) reading textbooks investigates cohesion in reading passages from 27 textbooks. The guiding research questions were whether and how cohesion differs across textbooks written for beginning, intermediate, and advanced second language readers. Using a computational tool called Coh-Metrix, textual features were compared across the three levels using Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA). The results indicated that some features of cohesion yielded significant variation, but with small effect sizes. The majority of cohesion features considered were not different across the textbook levels. Larger effect sizes were found with factors like length, readability and lexical or syntactic complexity.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66716
ISSN:1539-0578
DOI:10125/66716
Volume:28
Issue/Number:1
Appears in Collections: Volume 28, No. 1


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