Readability analysis of Malaysian short stories in English

Imran Ho Abdullah, and Ruzy Suliza Hashim, (2007) Readability analysis of Malaysian short stories in English. e-BANGI: Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, 2 (2). p. 11. ISSN 1823-884x


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The main objective of this paper is to examine the readability statistics of a corpus of Malaysian short stories in English with reference to a corpus of established canonical short stories written by native speakers. The short stories selected for analysis comprise twelve short stories published in the New Straits Times. The reference corpus consists of seven short stories that have been at some stage been recommended as texts for the English Literature syllabus in the Kurikulum Baru Sekolah Menengah (KBSM) / Secondary Schools New Curriculum. Three readability statistics are generated (Flesch Reading ease, Flesch grade level and Gunning Fog index) for the stories. The readability scores of these stories are then compared to the readability of the recommended texts on similar themes in order to assess their suitability for Malaysian ESL adolescent readers. The analysis reveal that both the Malaysian corpus and the recommended text falls within the range of US grade 6.0 – 8.5 with the Malaysian corpus having the added advantage in terms of cultural and local references

Item Type:Article
Keywords:readability index; Flesch Reading Ease; Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level; Gunning Fog index; Malaysian short stories in English
Journal:e-Bangi ; Jurnal Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan
ID Code:1527
Deposited By: Ms. Nor Ilya Othman
Deposited On:27 May 2011 01:30
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