Purpose of this blog: Reviews of interesting ideas in past professional English education journals.
10-second review: Explains the Cloze procedure and offers variations that might be useful in helping students complete the exercises.
Title: “Cloze Modifications.” HJ Quillen and EJ Dwyer. Journal of Reading (December 1978), 200-201.
Quote: “It is advisable…to construct Cloze passages in the traditional manner.”
Summary: 1) The initial sentence is left intact. 2) One of the next five words is deleted. 3) Every fifth…word is deleted and replaced by a numbered blank.
Variation #1: If the deleted word is “three,” the place on the response sheet looks like this __ h __ ee.
Variation #2: Put the exact number of spaces for the deleted word in the blank space. If the deleted word is “transforms,” put ten spaces in the blank for the word __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
Comment: Again the technique is fun and involving, but what is its useful purpose? RayS.