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ERIC Number: EJ1149453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0270-2711
Saudi EFL Learners' Reported Reading Problems and Strategic Processing of Text Types: A Think-Aloud Case Study
Alkhaleefah, Tarek A.
Reading Psychology, v38 n7 p687-730 2017
Research in strategy use needs to provide comprehensive and detailed qualitative discussion of individual cases and their strategic processing of texts to deepen our understanding of the cognitive and metacognitive processes readers resort to when reading different texts for different purposes. Hence, the present paper aims to provide in-depth and rich examination and interpretation of four Saudi EFL students (two good and two poor readers) processing two different texts in structure (a narrative and an expository text) for different reading tasks. This involved a detailed qualitative discussion of the differences and similarities in reading problems and strategy use. Using think-aloud reports and follow-up interviews, the study identified four explicit word-related and six text-related problems reported by the four EFL readers in processing the assigned text types. Moreover, the study revealed how the selected cases varied in their strategic reactions to the reading problems encountered in the two texts. The study findings also demonstrated how the structuring variations of the narrative and expository texts had a considerable effect on the quantity and quality of readers' reported difficulties and reading strategies employed in texts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language
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