Improving Reading Performance among Egyptian Engineering Students: Principles and Practice.
Improving Reading Performance among Egyptian Engineering Students: Principles and Practice
R. Pritchard and A. Nasr. 2004. English for specific purposes 23:425-445.
This study focused on improving English reading skills among Arabic-speaking engineering students enrolled at an Egyptian college of technology. Researchers analyzed the students' learning needs, identified a list of 10 crucial skills needed for reading comprehension, and designed a reading improvement program around those skills to develop students' reading strategies and techniques. Students in the experimental group received 14 weeks of instruction using the new program. They were not permitted to use dictionaries and were instead trained to obtain meaning through contextual clues. The control group received the university's normal instruction. The average reading comprehension scores in the experimental group rose from 47.45% in the pretest to 73.76% in the post-test. The average scores of the control group only rose from 48.53% to 50.44%. The authors find that the program enabled students to skim and scan the text more effectively. Students seem better able to comprehend texts when they use their background knowledge and may be more likely to obtain background knowledge from their peers rather than their writing instructors.
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