‘The relationship between Critical Thinking Ability and Reading Strategies Used by Iranian EFL Learners’ by Mansour Fahim & Zohreh Hoominian


The current empirical study has attempted to determine if there is any significant relationship between critical thinking of Iranian fresh EFL learners and  those categories of reading strategies (cognitive, meta-cognitive, and compensation) that are mostly used by EFL learners. Thirty Iranian EFL Fresh female students studying in a private institute in Yazd in Iran participated in this study. Based on the purposes of the study, two questionnaires were administered to the participants: a critical thinking questionnaire and a reading strategy questionnaire. Results of the study showed that the most frequently used reading strategies were meta-cognitive strategy and cognitive strategy. Statistical analyses revealed no correlation between learners’ critical thinking ability and their overall use of reading strategies.

Keywords: Cognitive Strategy, Compensatory Strategy, Critical Thinking, Metacognitive Strategy, Testing Strategy.

Access full paper.