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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Choosing materials for a writing center resource library in an ELL setting
by Baker, John R., Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013, 437; 3558065
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this sequential mixed methods study was to gather three types of information the writing center staff at Mountain View University (pseudonym) in Taipei, Taiwan needs in order to select the best anthologies of paragraphs and essays for purchase as self-access materials. These are (a) what anthologies are available on the Taiwan Market, (b) whether these materials are suitable for the reading levels of the students who visit the center as indicated by the Lexile Readability Formula, and (c) what features beyond the two measured by the Lexile Readability Formula (i.e., vocabulary and sentence length) the students perceive as influencing text difficulty when interacting with exemplars found in the anthologies. The study found that 12 anthologies are available on the local market. It additionally found that (a) none of the anthologies are accessible to 53.85% of the students' reading levels and (b) only a limited number of the exemplars in the anthologies are accessible to the other 46.15%. It further found that the students who can access the texts feel that the two features measured by the Lexile Readability Formula and 14 others influence the difficulty they have with the exemplars.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontaine, Jeannine M.
Commitee: Jalongo, Mary R., Seloni, Lisya
School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: English as a Second Language
Keywords: Anthologies, Lexile, Readability, Reading, Self-access center, Writing centers
Publication Number: 3558065
ISBN: 978-1-303-02318-7
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