‘The Impact of Cultural Orientation on EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension and Achievement Motivation’ by MINA SADEGHI, JAHANBAKHSH NIKOOPOUR & FARSHAD AGHVAMI

Abstract

This study investigated the effect of cultural orientation on reading comprehension and achievement motivation of the EFL learners. To conduct this study, the researcher recruited 60 Iranian EFL learners at language institutes. All learners were selected from the intermediate level. They were assigned to two groups; experimental and control groups. The researcher used a number of cultural concepts and orientated the learners to these concepts as treatment in the experimental group. After the treatment the researcher administered the reading comprehension post test to measure the participants’ reading comprehension and a questionnaire to assess their achievement motivation. The findings showed the impact of familiarity with the cultural concepts before starting the reading texts on the participants’ reading comprehension and their achievement motivation.

Key words: culture, reading, EFL learners

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