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Oct 16, 2020 12:00 Noon - Aug 31, 2021 01:45 PM(Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh)
20201016T1200 20201016T1345 Asia/Ho_Chi_Minh An Investigation into the Cohesion and Coherence of the Reading Insert Text Question of TOEFL IBT

The Reading Insert Text Questions (RITQ) of TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-based Test) and VSTEP (Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Profiency) are not an easy task for students of English. This paper aims to examine the cohesion and coherence of the RITQ of TOEFL iBT in order to help the students have a better insight in identifying the factors of cohesion and coherence for an effective performance of the reading test. This descriptive research employed document analysis of 7 reading passages with insert text questions, a diagnostic test to collect the qualitative data about the factors for an insert text question to get the relevance at a position in the paragraph. Besides, a 10-item questionnaire delivered to 100 students and a semi-structured interview to 10 students were used to collect both quantitative and qualitative data about the learners' difficulties in dealing with this kind of questions. The findings revealed that an insert text question can get the relevance at a position in the context of the paragraph given that the explicit and implicit information obtained from the inference of the clues of cohesion and coherence, cognitive/contextual effect are established. Also, the information about the students' difficulties in dealing with this kind of questions were provided concerning their failure in identifying the clues and figuring out the thematic progression to make good decision on a relevant choice.

Pre-recorded Session VietTESOL International Convention 2021 convention@viettesol.org

The Reading Insert Text Questions (RITQ) of TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language – Internet-based Test) and VSTEP (Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Profiency) are not an easy task for students of English. This paper aims to examine the cohesion and coherence of the RITQ of TOEFL iBT in order to help the students have a better insight in identifying the factors of cohesion and coherence for an effective performance of the reading test. This descriptive research employed document analysis of 7 reading passages with insert text questions, a diagnostic test to collect the qualitative data about the factors for an insert text question to get the relevance at a position in the paragraph. Besides, a 10-item questionnaire delivered to 100 students and a semi-structured interview to 10 students were used to collect both quantitative and qualitative data about the learners' difficulties in dealing with this kind of questions. The findings revealed that an insert text question can get the relevance at a position in the context of the paragraph given that the explicit and implicit information obtained from the inference of the clues of cohesion and coherence, cognitive/contextual effect are established. Also, the information about the students' difficulties in dealing with this kind of questions were provided concerning their failure in identifying the clues and figuring out the thematic progression to make good decision on a relevant choice.

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University of Foreign Language studies, The University of Danang
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Ms. Nga Le
lecturer
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Nha Trang University
English Teacher
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Tay Nguyen Ethnic Boarding School
Ms. Rachana Thav
Student
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National University of Battambang
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