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Ghaemi H. Online Reading Ability of EFL Learners A study of Metadiscoursal Features. MJLTM. 2019; 9 (5)
URL: http://mjltm.org/article-1-523-en.html
Bahar Institution of Higher Education
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Background: The internet has become essential in the education of learners of all ages across the world but it has become particularly significant in the reading development of EFL learners. Recent trends in the study of written texts reflect a growing interest in interaction between readers and writers. While several authors have studied metadiscourse from the descriptive and contrastive perspectives, there is a lack of experimental work on this topic.
Purpose: The present study aims at investigating the role and importance of metadiscourses in online reading comprehension of EFL learners.
Method: To meet this purpose, a questionnaire of Metadiscourses was developed and given to all subjects. Also, all participants were required to take part in an online reading comprehension test named as DIALANG Diagnostic Language Testing Online.
Results: The findings of the study illustrated that about 75% of the variation in online reading ability can be explained by taking their level of metadiscourse awareness into account. Therefore; metadiscourse awareness is making a significant contribution to the prediction of online reading ability.
Conclusions: When learners are involved in Internet learning and communication activities, reading comprehension is influenced by the appearance of the contents to read: mail, blogs, social networks, multimedia and hypermedia contents introduce a primary alteration in the construction of acts of reading. In reality, reading comprehension becomes a more complex, ongoing, self-regulated, decision process which involves selecting from different feasible links, possible texts, and possible purposes and among different ways of interacting with information.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Foreign language teaching and learning
Received: 2019/04/28 | Accepted: 2019/05/8 | Published: 2019/05/8

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