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Effects of different text difficulty levels on EFL learners' foreign language anxiety and reading comprehension

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Title:Effects of different text difficulty levels on EFL learners' foreign language anxiety and reading comprehension
Authors:Bahmani, Roghayeh
Farvadin, Mohammad Taghi
Keywords:extensive reading
EFL learners
foreign language reading anxiety
text difficulty level
reading comprehension
Date Issued:Oct 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
Abstract:This study aimed to examine the effects of different text difficulty levels on foreign language reading anxiety (FLRA) and reading comprehension of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. To this end, 50 elementary EFL learners were selected from two intact classes (n = 25 each). Each class was assigned to a text difficulty level (i.e., ‘i + 1’ and ‘i - 1’) in which the participants experienced extensive reading at different levels of difficulty for two semesters. A reading comprehension test and the Foreign Language Reading Anxiety Scale (FLRAS) were administered before and after the treatment. The results revealed that both text difficulty levels significantly improved the participants’ reading comprehension. The findings also showed that, at the end of the study, the ‘i + 1’ group’s FLRA increased, while that of the ‘i - 1’ group decreased.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/66912
ISSN:1539-0578
DOI:10125/66912
Volume:29
Issue/Number:2
Appears in Collections: Volume 29, No. 2


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