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ERIC Number: EJ1117015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1539-0578
Proficiency as a Variable in Gulf EFL Students' Employment of Reading Strategies
Endley, Martin J.
Reading in a Foreign Language, v28 n2 p183-223 Oct 2016
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 a 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 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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Flesch Kincaid Grade Level Formula; Flesch Reading Ease Formula; International English Language Testing System
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