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Web-text : perceptions of digital reading skills in the ESL classroom

Sutherland-Smith, Wendy 2002, Web-text : perceptions of digital reading skills in the ESL classroom, Prospect, vol. 17, no. 1, April, pp. 55-70.

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Title Web-text : perceptions of digital reading skills in the ESL classroom
Author(s) Sutherland-Smith, WendyORCID iD for Sutherland-Smith, Wendy orcid.org/0000-0003-4589-9323
Journal name Prospect
Volume number 17
Issue number 1
Season April
Start page 55
End page 70
Publisher National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research
Place of publication Sydney, N. S. W.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0814-7094
Summary New strategies required in Web reading and digital writing cause previous notions of literacy to be reshaped and compel teachers to rethink classroom reading practice. The aim of this paper is to compare student perceptions of reading skills needed in the traditional print- text mode with the skills needed to read and gather information on the Web. Do students perceive reading as different on the Web? Are there implications for reading classroom teachers? This research was conducted in a medium-sized suburban government primary school of 580 students from 72 different countries. The participants were 48 students in two grade-six classes, with a focus on 12 English as second language (ESL) students' responses. These students came from Taiwan, China, India, Malaysia, Poland and Bhutan. The study was replicated in an adult ELICOS language centre environment with the authors own class of 18 students from China, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan. Different student expectations of Web-text compared to paper-text were evident. This research adds to our constantly evolving notions of literacy embracing technology and can be applied to primary, secondary and tertiary levels of ESL teaching practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031174

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