The Effect of Context Clues on EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension


There are a number of factors that influence the way a learner comprehends a reading passage. One of these factors is the context clues. This study was designed to investigate the effects of context clues on Iranian EFL learners’ reading comprehension. Two intact classes consisting of 60 intermediate students taking 3-credit General English course at Golestan University were randomly selected and divided into two groups, the context group and the control group. Both groups were given an individual background questionnaire, English proficiency test and a reading test as pretest. Then the experimental (context) group practiced different kinds of context clues as treatment for duration of eight sessions, while the control group received no training. At the end of the project, a posttest was administered to both groups in order to evaluate the effect of the clues on the learner’s reading comprehension. The findings displayed that the experimental group outperformed the control group in the posttest.

Key words: context clues; reading comprehension; strategies; EFL learners

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