STRATEGIES INSTRUCTION IN TEACHING ENGLISH READING COMPREHENSION: THE SCHEMA THEORY PERSPECTIVE

STRATEGIES INSTRUCTION IN TEACHING ENGLISH READING COMPREHENSION: THE SCHEMA THEORY PERSPECTIVE Pourmohammadi Abstract: Reading comprehension receives the special focus in second or foreign language teaching. Besides, as the most important academic language skill, it is greatly highlighted for academic purpose in most English learning settings. This concept paper focuses on the influencing factors in second or foreign language reading comprehension including vocabulary size, syntactic and semantic knowledge and background knowledge. It also discusses reading models consisting of the bottom-up model, the top-down model, and the interactive model of reading as well as the significant role of schemata in reading comprehension. At last, it deals with issues such as the significance of reading strategies, their definitions, classifications plus the importance of strategies instruction in the context of SL/FL teaching. Full Text:...

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EFL STUDENTS’ HANDEDNESS AND LEARNING STYLES ACROSS GENDER

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EFL STUDENTS’ HANDEDNESS AND LEARNING STYLES ACROSS GENDER Samizadegan, Shakouri, Teimourtash Abstract: Abstract: The present paper was an attempt to find the relationship between handedness and learning styles. In this regard, 50 L2 learners (25 males and 25 females) were selected from a well-known language center in Bandar-e Anzali, Iran. Oldfield’s (1971) Edinburgh Handedness Inventory (1971) and Barsch’s (1980) Learning Style Inventory were used to examine participants’ handedness and learning style respectively. Having applied chi-square tests followed by Phi and Cramer’s V, the researchers found out that there appeared to be a significant relationship between handedness and learning styles. Moreover, based on the results of Phi and Cramer’s V, there appeared to be a significant association between gender and learning style. Besides, the two-sided asymptotic significance of the chi-square statistic for students’ handedness and their preferred learning styles across gender was found to be higher than .05, so it was safe to say that the relationship between these variables were simply due to chance variation. Full Text:...