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Evaluating the efficacy of active reading software in enhancing EFL learners’ reading comprehension skills

Khan, Imran and Ainol Haryati, Ibrahim and Asiah, Kassim and Khan, Raja Muhammad Ishtiaq (2019) Evaluating the efficacy of active reading software in enhancing EFL learners’ reading comprehension skills. International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research, 8 (12). pp. 1861-1869. ISSN 2277-8616

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Reading ability of the learners plays a pivotal role in their academic success. Reading without comprehension affects learners’ learning outcomes. However, the development of learners’ reading ability has always been a great challenging task for language teachers. The efficacy of computer-assisted language (CALL) in improving language skills has been endorsed by many studies under different socio-cultural settings. However, in Saudi EFL context, using CALL in teaching and learning languages is still scarce and there are more for researchers to explore. The current study intended to examine the effects of Active Reading Software (ARS) on reading comprehension skills of Saudi EFL learners at tertiary level. A quasiexperimental study was carried out at Majmaah University involving 30 EFL learners, which were equally clustered into a control group and an experimental group. A four- week treatment incorporating the ARS was assigned to the experimental group, while the control group received the same learning materials in a traditional classroom setting. Data acquired from the study were evaluated using t-test. Findings revealed a substantial difference between the mean scores of the two groups in terms of reading comprehension; the experimental group outperformed the control group. These results indicate that utilizing ARS can further enhance the EFL learners’ reading comprehension skills and thus, it can be assumed that the ARS software can be a facilitative learning tool in the teaching and learning of reading.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Indexed by Scopus
Uncontrolled Keywords: ARS; CALL; Comprehension skills; EFL learners; Language proficiency
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Institute of Postgraduate Studies
Depositing User: Mrs Norsaini Abdul Samat
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 08:10
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2020 08:10
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