TTW: De nieuwe generatie
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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This article describes research which has focused on the level of difficulty of texts and questions as an explanation for the difference in text comprehension between non-native and native pupils. The degree to which text comprehension in native and non-native pupils could be facilitated by means of controlling texts and questions was investigated. From the results the following conclusions were drawn:1) Non-native pupils scored significantly lower than native Dutch pupils in all tests that dealt with text comprehension;2) When the test questions were controlled by changing a number of factors which supposedly made understanding more difficult, the scores of both non-native and native pupils improved significantly;3) When the texts of the tests were rewitten, the non-native pupils improved in their scores and the native pupils did not;4) When both the texts and questions were controlled, the results seemed to show that the non-native pupils had caught up for a great part where they were found to have "lagged behind".


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