The relationship between the academic reading construct as measured by IELTS and the reading experiences of students in the first year of their courses at a British University

Cyril Weir, Roger Hawkey, Antony Green, Aylin Unaldi, Sarojani Devi

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This study investigates the academic reading activities and problems of students in their first-year of study at a British University, and compares the emerging model of academic reading with an analysis of the reading construct as tested in the IELTS Reading Module. The contextual parameters of the reading texts of target students are reviewed and a comparison made with those performance conditions obtaining for reading activities in the IELTS test. The extent to which any problems in reading might decrease the higher the IELTS reading band score obtained before entry is investigated.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIELTS Collected Papers 2
Subtitle of host publicationResearching in reading and listening assessment
EditorsL. Taylor, C. J. Weir
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages73
ISBN (Print)9781107602649
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStudies in Language Testing
PublisherCambridge University Press

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