Reading Comprehension Passages of Iranian General English Books and MA Reading Comprehension Tests: A Corpus Analysis

Authors

1 PhD student of Shiraz university

2 Associate Professor of Applies Linguistics at Shiraz University

Abstract

This is a corpus study aimed to compare six Iranian general English university textbook’s reading comprehension passages and the passages of reading comprehension section of MA exams from 2010 to 2014. The study used three reading related factors to make the comparison: vocabulary coverage, syntactic complexity and discourse features. To meet these needs, three test types were used: measures of vocabulary coverage by the vocabprofiler software, measures of readability by means of readability formulas and measures of text easibility of the Coh-Metrix software. The analyses showed a big gap between what textbooks offered with regard to vocabulary, structures and discourse and what the MA examinations asked from the readers regarding the reading comprehension processes. The findings and results were presented along with the pedagogical implications and some suggestions for future researches.
 

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Article Title [Persian]

متون انگلیسی آزمون کارشناسی ارشد و کتب زبان عمومی: مطالعه تحلیل پیکره

Authors [Persian]

  • سید باقر میر شجاعی 1
  • رحمان صحراگرد 2
1 دانشجوی دکتری دانشگاه شیراز
2 دانشیار آموزش زبان انگلیسی، دانشگاه شیراز
Abstract [Persian]

مطالعه­ی فرا روی شما با روش تحلیل پیکره به مقایسه ی متون درک مطلب آزمون های کارشناسی ارشد و کتب زبان عمومی پرداخته است. سه عامل مرتبط با مهارت درک مطلب جهت مقایسه متون انتخاب شده به کار رفته است: گستره­ی واژگانی، پیچیدگی نحوی، و مشخصه های گفتمانی. از سه روش تحلیل متون مطالبات واژگانی متون، قابلیت خواندن، و آسانی و از سه نرم افزار vocabprofliler, readable.com, cohmetrix مربوط به هر یک از این مشخصه ها، استفاده شده است. تحلیل ما نشان داده است که شکاف بزرگی بین کتب زبان عمومی و آزمون های کارشناسی ارشد از نظر هر سه فاکتور مورد مطالعه وجود دارد. در پایان، علاوه بر ارائه نتایج به دست آمده از این مطالعه به صورت توصیفی، کاربست این تحقیق و محدودیت ها ی تحقیق حاضر برشمرده شده است و پیشنهاداتی برای محققان بعدی داده شده است.
 

Keywords [Persian]

  • درک مطلب
  • مطالبات واژگانی
  • قابلیت خواندن
  • آسانی متون
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