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How readable are your texts?  
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Reader Factors

Readability of a text depends on more than just the text itself. The language capability of a reader, the reader's backgound knowledge of the subject matter and the motivation of the all have an effect on how well a text is comprehended.

In order to facilitate readability consider:

  • Making some attempt to anticipate readers' background knowledge of the subject matter of the text;
  • Assessing what cultural difficulties may influence comprehension;
  • Using abstracts;
  • Using translations;
  • Pre-reading in native language on similar topic;
  • Using story maps;
  • Pre-reading vocabulary work;
  • Using pictures, diagrams, maps, charts etc;.
  • Pre-reading discussions.

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