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

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posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Wendy Sutherland-SmithWendy Sutherland-Smith
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.

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Journal

Prospect

Volume

17

Season

April

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55 - 70

Location

Sydney, N. S. W.

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  • Yes

ISSN

0814-7094

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research

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