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The role of linguistic clues in medical students’ reading comprehension

Authors Al-Jamal DAH

Received 23 May 2018

Accepted for publication 26 July 2018

Published 18 September 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 395—401

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/PRBM.S174087

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Igor Elman


Dina AH Al-Jamal

Department of Instruction and Curriculum, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan

Objective: This study has investigated the role of linguistic clues in medical students’ reading comprehension. The association between medical students’ reading comprehension and their use of linguistic contextual clues through a descriptive analytical procedure has been investigated.
Methods: Three intact sessions were conducted at the Jordanian University entailing 20 students in each session. The participants responded to a reading comprehension test, an inference test, and a vocabulary scale sheet.
Results: Individuals, who took part in the interview, were dependent solely on the word morphology and sentence-level clues, while evaluating the medical texts. This would help in finding the association between the comprehension evaluation and the use of linguistic clues.
Conclusion: Language intervention should be initiated in an effort to improve medical students’ reading comprehension.

Keywords: reading comprehension, clues, medical students, Yarmouk University

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