International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Cloze Procedures and Nigerian Secondary School Students ‘Achievement in Comprehension of Expository Texts
Dr. J.S. Ereke, Dr. (Mrs) F.A. Okonkwo

This article looks at cloze procedure and Nigerian secondary school students’ achievement in comprehension of expository texts. Cloze procedure is a device or technique used in determining the extent a reader has comprehended a particular passage. It is a yardstick used in measuring learners’ comprehension especially in English language. The technique was developed by a popular Psychologist Taylor to assess learners’ level of understanding a reading material. Expository texts illustrate, educate, entertain, explain, and describe issues. Among issues raised in the paper are; functions of cloze procedure in teaching English in Nigerian secondary schools, readability level was also discussed, cloze procedure as a teaching instrument, cloze and reading comprehension, using cloze procedure in teaching reading, the expository text, types of expository text and strategies to enhance comprehension of expository text. The basis of this article is to determine the extent readers of the English language in Nigeria secondary schools comprehend expository texts via the use of cloze procedure. The conclusion of this paper was based on the proper articulation of the ideas raised.

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