What is a cloze procedure?

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A cloze procedure is a "fill-in-the-blanks" activity where the learner uses clues from the context to supply words that have been deliberately removed from the text.


A cloze procedure is a test of reading comprehension. Responses reveal both text comprehension and language mastery levels.

Also known as:

Fill in the blanks activity


Here is an example of some texts that demonstrate a cloze procedure:


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