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Connectivity, text type, and text comprehension: Benefit potentials of discourse markers

Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh

ISBN 10: 3639170504 / ISBN 13: 9783639170504
Published by VDM Verlag, 2009
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Title: Connectivity, text type, and text ...

Publisher: VDM Verlag

Publication Date: 2009

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Prior research on the role of textual markers in reading comprehension suggests a complex picture of the relationship between textual signals and comprehension. These studies have come up with positive, neutral, and differential effects of these markers on processing and comprehension. This book investigates how Iranian undergraduate readers of English approach narrative, expository, and argumentative text types in which propositional relations have been explicitly or implicitly marked. The performance of the participants on different text types is examined to discover the effect of the type of text, textual signaling, and text structure on the comprehension of the learners in both the explicit and the implicit versions. The results contribute to our understanding of the rhetorical and cognitive nature of different text types and the positive role of logical connectors in their comprehension. The research helps language teachers, testers, and materials developers further consider the relationship between textual signals and text types in devising appropriate materials and techniques to improve language learners¿ reading and writing.

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Esmaeel Abdollahzadeh is an assistant professor of TEFL, teaching applied linguistics, ESP, and advanced writing at the Department of Foreign Languages of Iran University of Science and Technology. He has presented and published internationally on issues in second language reading/writing, discourse and ESP, and language learning strategies.

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