Developing Texts that Match Readers’ Abilities in the Sciences: Seeking an Appropriate Instructional Level
This chapter discusses one approach to developing materials for Omani science students that seeks to bridge the gap between authentic science texts and student reading abilities by adapting texts to match those abilities and building on them in ways that are grounded in L1 and L2 research. It begins with a description of the context in which the materials have been developed and the problems encountered by learners and teachers that initially motivated their development. Next, there is a description of the process that was followed in developing the texts and their respective units of study. The third part discusses two methods used to evaluate the piloting of the units: a study into the percentage of unknown words encountered by the student population and a feedback form given to teachers who used the piloted units. The chapter concludes with a discussion about some of the most important issues of text development that arose from this project.
KeywordsReading abilities Text development Authentic texts Science students Instructional level
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