Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Pamela Anderson-Mejias

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda M. Belau

Third Advisor

Dr. Yong Lang


The purpose of this investigation is to consider whether using web-enhanced material improves proportionally students' reading comprehension skills. In addition student attitudes are considered. Two groups of students at the University of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico were chosen as a census: a group of nursing students taking a course on reading comprehension of nursing articles in English and a group of students studying to be teachers of English as a foreign language. Reading selections were uploaded on the internet using the WebCT platform. The students were to read the selections and answer quizzes. The students took a pre- and post-test to determine if there was improvement in reading comprehension. At the end of each of the tests there was a section to determine the attitudes of the students toward reading and use of the web. Results show improvement in reading comprehension and evidence a positive change of attitude toward web usage.


Copyright 2005 Jocelyn K. Tenorio. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American