Hypermedia reading strategies of TESL undergraduate students in Malaysia

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Abstract

This study investigated hypermedia reading strategies employed by ESL students and how they overcame the difficulties faced while reading the hypermedia materials. The hypermedia materials were Teaching English as Second Language (TESL) related materials. This case study involved TESL undergraduate students from a higher institution in Malaysia. They were asked to read authentic hypermedia reading materials using Think Aloud Protocol (TAP). The other research tools are semi-structured interviews, reflective notes and observations. The findings revealed that the participants employed Global Reading strategies more than Support and Problem-solving strategies. One of the main difficulties that they encountered was inability to comprehend the jargons and terminologies. Online dictionaries and Google Translator were used to obtain the definition of the unfamiliar words. In addition, making inferences was also another solution employed by most participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-310
Number of pages10
JournalTurkish Online Journal of Educational Technology
Volume2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Academic genre
  • Hypermedia reading strategies
  • TESL undergraduate students
  • Think aloud protocol

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  • Education

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