Teaching reading strategies to ESP readers

Author/s:

Amirian, Seyyed Mohammad Reza*
Hakim Sabzevari University, Iran (Smr.amirian@gmail.com)

Abstract:

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the impact of teaching reading strategies on reading comprehension improvement of ESP readers. It also intended to find out whether there is any interaction between readers’ proficiency level and the effectiveness of reading strategy training. A sample of 60 ESP students was chosen and divided into two groups. The control group was taught through traditional methods of reading instruction and the experimental group was taught through reading strategies. The findings of the study indicated that reading strategy training was more effective in improving reading ability of ESP readers than traditional methods of reading instruction. Another major finding was that reading strategy training does not affect the reading ability of learners with different proficiency levels in the same way and that less able readers might benefit more from training.

Keywords: learning strategies; reading strategies; English for Specific Purposes (ESP); strategic reading; successful readers

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrset.2013.318

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