Exploring awareness of online reading strategies used by EFL learners in a developing country: A study on undergraduate students in Bangladesh ARTICLE
Mohammad Shahedul Islam, Mohammad Shamsur Rahman, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Bangladesh ; Enamul Haque, Khulna University, Bangladesh
International Journal on E-Learning Volume 14, Number 1, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Information and Communication Technology plays an increasingly important role in the lives of learners around the world. The opportunity to seek information through the computer has made reading an important language skill. In this hi-tech era, students of undergraduate programs should have high reading ability to comprehend knowledge available online in the form of electronic journals, online database, electronic newspapers, and so on. This reading ability can be improved through developing appropriate online reading strategies. Despite the importance of online reading, little research has been conducted to study the online reading strategies used by undergraduate students of developing countries. The purpose of this study was to investigate the awareness of reading strategies of EFL undergraduate students from two diverse faculties of two different academic years in a developing country like Bangladesh. The participants were 227 EFL students from two unique faculties of Khulna University and Military Institute of Science and Engineering in Bangladesh. The instrument employed was the Online Survey of Reading Strategies (OSORS) by Anderson (2003). The result of the study reveals that on the whole there was a moderate level of awareness of all strategies but found more awareness of using Problem Solving strategies. There were very little differences observed between the 1st year and 4th year students but no significant difference in respect of gender. With a further analysis, statistically significant differences were observed between the students of Social Sciences (BBA) and the other faculty — Science and Technology (CSE).
Islam, M.S., Rahman, M.S. & Haque, E. (2015). Exploring awareness of online reading strategies used by EFL learners in a developing country: A study on undergraduate students in Bangladesh. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(1), 29-54. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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