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IJAL 2008, 11(1): 97-114 Back to browse issues page
The relationship between Iranian EFL learners’ gender and reading comprehension of three different types of text
Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz, Soroor Ashtarian
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The present study investigated the relationship between the reading comprehension of three types of text and the gender of Iranian EFL learners. To this end, several reading passages with the same length and readability were selected based on which a reading comprehension test was constructed on three different text types namely essay, history, and short story. After determining the validity and reliability of the reading comprehension test, it was administered to 62 male and female students who were at the same level of language proficiency based on their scores on the TOEFL Test. A one-way ANOVA was used to analyze the data, the results of which indicated that male and female EFL learners differ in their reading comprehension ability with females being better comprehenders of English passages. The results of a two-way ANOVA also showed that both males and females are better at comprehending essays followed by history and short story, i.e. different types of text are understood differently regardless of the gender of the subjects. The findings are interpreted to have direct implications for EFL teachers and instructors as well as syllabus designers and test developers.
Keywords: gender, reading comprehension, Text types, Iranian EFL learners
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Keshavarz M H, Ashtarian S. The relationship between Iranian EFL learners’ gender and reading comprehension of three different types of text. IJAL. 2008; 11 (1) :97-114
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Volume 11, Number 1 (3-2008) Back to browse issues page
Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics
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