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The Effect of Iranian EFL Learners’ Awareness of Reading Comprehension Strategies on Their Motivation to Read

1. Poroushat Jamshidi (Corresponding author); 2. Dr. Masoud Yazdani Moghaddam
1. M.A. student Dept. of English, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran; 2. Garmsar Branch, Islamic Azad University Dept. of English, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Abstract :
Although it is generally clear that reading plays a significant role in a language, reading 
comprehension remains a young field that merits greater research attention. Moreover, 
knowledge about reading comprehension regarding learning strategies has been devoted to 
those involving in listening, writing and speaking. Concerning the above mentioned points 
and the importance of reading, the current study aims at investigating whether the awareness 
of reading comprehension strategies and instructing reading strategies have any effect on 
Iranian EFL learners’ motivation and their comprehension abilities. To this end, 62 female 
learners of intermediate level were selected from among 100 learners. They were EFL 
learners studying English at Kish language institute. The participants were between the ages 
of 18 to 30 years old. There were experimental (3 classes, 37 students) and control groups (2 
classes, 25 students), which were decided upon based on proficiency test. All subjects in the 
experimental group were exposed to reading strategies while working on reading texts of 
their course books. On the other hand, in control group, the reading texts were used without 
pointing to any of reading strategies and just focusing on the outcome of reading. A pre-test of reading comprehension and a parallel post-test were given to subjects. At the beginning 
and almost at the end of the semester Schmidt et al.’s (1996) motivation questionnaire was 
administered to both groups to investigate their progress in their motivation at the end of the 
study. The results revealed that the awareness of reading comprehension strategies affect 
Iranian EFL learners` motivation and reading comprehension abilities. 
Keywords :
English language learners, Reading, Reading comprehension strategies, Motivation

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 14:19

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 14:19

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/2995/2532

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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