Proceedings of the 2019 International Conference on Advanced Education Research and Modern Teaching (AERMT 2019)

Effects of Discourse Markers on EFL Reading: A Case Study

Authors
Shao-Yang Luo, Jiao Dong, Dong-Hong Han
Corresponding Author
Dong-Hong Han
Available Online October 2019.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/aermt-19.2019.45How to use a DOI?
Keywords
discourse markers, Relevance Theory, influence, English reading
Abstract
Despite many studies on discourse markers (DMs), how DMs affect EFL learners' reading has been neglected as a research topic. This paper carries out an investigation into the influence of discourse markers on reading among the first-year non-English majors from the perspective of Relevance Theory, with an attempt to improve English teaching and students' EFL reading ability. A reading test among 135 college freshmen is conducted and their scores are collected and analyzed by SPSS. Findings show that there is no significant difference between students' reading performance from their answers with the guidance of DMs and without the guidance of DMs. The result indicates that discourse markers have little influence on these first-year non-English majors' reading, which can be seen as a problem existing in English teaching. Based on these findings, suggestions are offered to improve EFL learners' reading comprehension.
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