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Title: The readability of Maltese examination texts
Authors: Mifsud, Gabriella
Keywords: Textbooks -- Readability
Reading comprehension -- Malta
Maltese language -- Texts
English language -- Texts
Issue Date: 2019-06
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Education
Citation: Mifsud, G. (2019). The readability of Maltese examination texts. Malta Review of Educational Research, 13(1), 65-78.
Abstract: This paper discusses the notion of readability, and it introduces a readability formula that has been tested for its applicability on texts in Maltese. The LIX formula can be applied to both Maltese and English texts and it can therefore be used to compare the reading scores of the same group of learners sitting for the same assessment in the two languages. In this paper, the LIX formula is used to examine possible reasons for the contrasting results in reading comprehension in Maltese and English in the PIRLS international assessments carried out in Malta. The levels of readability resulting from the application of the LIX formula to the texts in the two languages clearly show that the levels of difficulty are not equivalent, and therefore no conclusions can be reached about the reading abilities of these cohorts tested in Maltese, when compared to those tested in English.
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