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Proficiency as a variable in Gulf EFL students’ employment of reading strategies

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Title:Proficiency as a variable in Gulf EFL students’ employment of reading strategies
Authors:Endley, Martin J.
Keywords:Arabic EFL learners
reading comprehension problems
reading strategies
think aloud-protocol
Date Issued:Oct 2016
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This paper reports a study of the reading strategies used by twelve Arabic-speaking undergraduates at a major Gulf university when reading texts in English. The procedure employed was a think-aloud protocol followed by semi-structured interview. Three research questions were addressed: (a) What are the primary comprehension problems encountered by students attending an English-speaking university in the Gulf region when reading academic texts in English? (b) What reading strategies do the students actually employ in order to solve their reading problems? (c) To what extent can the demographic variable of English reading proficiency be used to reliably predict the students’ use of reading strategies in English? Results revealed that while the participants were already in possession of a repertoire strategies, they often failed to use them effectively. This was especially the case with the lower-proficiency readers. The implications of these findings are briefly discussed.
Appears in Collections: Volume 28, No. 2 Special Issue: Celebrating Linguistically Diverse Learners of St. Louis: Responsive Research and Practice for Literacy

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