READABILITY OF ESL PICTURE BOOKS IN MALAYSIA

  • Adlina Ismail
  • Normah Yusof

Abstract

Predicting readability of a reading text for second language learners is important for teachers, educators, and other concerned parties to make sure the text matches targeted readers’ proficiency. Suitable reading materials would promote language development among readers, especially children. In Malaysia nowadays, English story books for children which are published locally can be easily found in libraries or bookstores. However, the readability of these reading materials has remained uncovered. Hence, this study aimed to investigate the readability of Malaysian English children story books on five aspects (narrativity, syntactic simplicity, word concreteness, referential cohesion and deep cohesion) as provided by the computational tool, Coh-Metrix Common Core Text Ease Readability Assessor (T.E.R.A). Ten local English children story books were selected as samples. It was found that the majority of the samples have high narrativity, syntactic simplicity, and word concreteness but average referential cohesion and deep cohesion. The result revealed that there is lack of attention given to the aspect of cohesion in children story books. This study recommends that children book writers consider the readability of ESL children story books to help children’s language development. 

 

Keywords: readability, assessment of reading materials, Coh-Metrix, picture books, children

Cite as: Ismail, A., & Yusof, N. (2016). Readability of ESL picture books in Malaysia. Journal of Nusantara Studies, 1(1), 60-70.  http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol1iss1pp60-70

Author Biographies

Adlina Ismail

Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication,
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

Normah Yusof

Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication,
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, 21300 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

Published
2016-06-26
How to Cite
Ismail, A., & Yusof, N. (2016). READABILITY OF ESL PICTURE BOOKS IN MALAYSIA. Journal of Nusantara Studies (JONUS), 1(1), 60-70. https://doi.org/10.24200/jonus.vol1iss1pp60-70