Strategy Awareness Raising in Online Reading

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This study investigates the effects of online reading strategy awareness training in harnessing the web to enhance the teaching and learning of EST (English for Science and Technology). Eight Form Four students who are studying EST in the Malaysian classroom were given strategy awareness training to facilitate their online tasks. Prior to the strategy awareness training, seven students were identified as moderate strategy-users while one student was a low strategy-user using the Online Survey of Reading Strategies (OSORS) inventory. Analysis of reader’s activity and response after the strategy awareness training indicates that students started to be more aware of selecting strategies that fulfilled their desired learning outcomes. Besides that, students conceived new strategies unlisted in the OSORS inventory. In general, students became better strategy users after the training. Students also expressed a positive and favourable view of using the Web to enhance their EST learning. Results suggest that strategy awareness training may help in highlighting pertinent strategies in online reading for EST learners to improve learning

Keywords: Online, Reading, Strategies, English, Science, Technology
Stream: Technology in Learning; Maths, Science and Technology Learning
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Strategy Awareness Raising in Online Reading

Dr. Tan Kim Hua

Senior Lecturer, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia

Tan Kim Hua lectures in Linguistics at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, FSSK, UKM. She is the ICT Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. Her research areas centre around language and technology projects, corpus driven research which include among others, corpus lexicography, specialized corpus, contrastive bilingual corpus and language processing. Her Ph.D dissertation is relevant to electronic lexicography and computer mediated communication.

Liaw Meng Lai

Melaka, Malaysia

Ref: L09P1373