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Electronic literacy, reading skills and non-native speakers: issues for EAP

Jarvis, HA and Pastuszka, L 2008, 'Electronic literacy, reading skills and non-native speakers: issues for EAP' , CALL-EJ, 10 (1) .

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Abstract

Competent reading skills in an electronic environment are vital elements to successful academic study at many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). For non-native speakers of English (NNS) this necessitates not only a command of the English language, but also, amongst other things, electronic literacy (EL) reading skills. Such skills involve a knowledge of what to do: how to find information, how to evaluate it and, if relevant, how to make use of it in English in academic settings and beyond. This paper reports on a study which investigates EL reading skills amongst NNS studying a range of academic subjects and levels in English at two British HEIs. Students were asked to classify their computer skills (a term which for the purposes of this study we use interchangeably with EL reading skills) and to complete a questionnaire - a small sample of students were then randomly selected and asked to complete a series of short tasks which they were observed doing and then interviewed about. We divide this sample into two groups those with high level computer skills (HLCS) and those with low level computer skills (LLCS). Our findings point to a number of significant differences between these groups. The paper considers these findings in relation to issues for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programmes whose primary remit is to equip NNS with the language and study skills necessary for successful academic study. It is suggested that such programmes might develop EL reading skills amongst students with differing computer skills within a Computing for Academic Purposes (CAP) component, which takes task-based pedagogy as its central tenet.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electronic literacy, reading skills, computers, hypertext, EAP
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: CALL-EJ
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1442-438X
Depositing User: HA Jarvis
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2010 11:08
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:36
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/11267

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