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Title: English reading comprehension assessment in Malta : an evaluation of the use of the Neale analysis of reading ability
Authors: Grech, Louisa
Bartolo, Paul
Camilleri, Liberato
Everatt, John
Keywords: Reading comprehension -- Malta
Reading comprehension -- Ability testing
Bilingualism -- Malta
Reading Skills Competency Tests
Issue Date: 2018-12
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Grech, L., Bartolo, P., Camilleri, L., & Everatt, J. (2018). English reading comprehension assessment in Malta : an evaluation of the use of the Neale analysis of reading ability. Malta Review of Educational Research, 12(2), 172-195.
Abstract: English literacy assessments in Malta are mainly based on tests standardised among English speaking populations. Such practice raises questions as to its suitability within the Maltese bilingual context. This study explores the implications of such practice by evaluating the performance of Maltese students on a widely used test, namely the Neale Analysis of Reading Comprehension – Revised (NARA II). The test was individually administered to a total of 224 students, representing developmental processes through three age-groups between 7-14 years, and two different home language backgrounds also reflected in two different types of school, State and Independent. Analysis of variance and correlations were used to highlight differences between the scores of the three age-groups and the two types of school and home background. The results indicate that comprehension levels improved sequentially with age; however, the norms derived from a monolingual English population do not represent appropriately the varying bilingual contexts of Maltese students. Moreover, particular discrepancies in the participants’ scores on the three subscales of the test – namely Reading Comprehension, Reading Accuracy and Reading Rate raise questions about the profile of competencies in English reading comprehension that are being acquired by Maltese students.
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38764
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