Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies

Parilah Mohd. Shah, Aminuddin Yusof, Ahmad Khuzaimi M Hanafiah, Khaleel Bader Al-Bataineh, Mee Nee Ong, Abdul Malik Ahmad, Ahmad Iskandar Haron

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For the English as a Second Language (ESL) students, reading is an essential activity for obtaining information. Studies have indicated that readers spontaneously used reading strategies in the process of comprehending text (Pritchard, 1990). Previous investigations also discovered that the use of appropriate strategies could enhance reading comprehension (Olsen & Gee, 1991). Most educators lack the knowledge of what their students do while attempting to comprehend reading materials; very often, they are unaware whether or not their students do employ reading strategies. Based on this rationale, a study was conducted to investigate on the ESL students' use of reading strategies at the Malaysian secondary schools. They were requested to read a piece of reading material, and then were asked to respond to questionnaires concerning reading strategies such as supervising strategies, support strategies, paraphrase strategies, and strategies for establishing coherence in text. It was found that the subjects utilized a variety of strategies to understand the text. Some strategies were preferred and used more frequently than others. The results would make a positive contribution to the field of applied linguistics because policy makers, education planners and educators would gain more insight on ESL students' reading process and activity. This investigation suggests that the relevant educational bodies would need to incorporate a more systematic reading strategy instruction into the English language curriculum content so that the students could be trained to use more effective reading strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-275
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Volume2
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Mohd. Shah, P., Yusof, A., Hanafiah, A. K. M., Al-Bataineh, K. B., Ong, M. N., Ahmad, A. M., & Haron, A. I. (2007). Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2(4), 269-275.

Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies. / Mohd. Shah, Parilah; Yusof, Aminuddin; Hanafiah, Ahmad Khuzaimi M; Al-Bataineh, Khaleel Bader; Ong, Mee Nee; Ahmad, Abdul Malik; Haron, Ahmad Iskandar.

In: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2007, p. 269-275.

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Mohd. Shah, P, Yusof, A, Hanafiah, AKM, Al-Bataineh, KB, Ong, MN, Ahmad, AM & Haron, AI 2007, 'Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 269-275.
Mohd. Shah P, Yusof A, Hanafiah AKM, Al-Bataineh KB, Ong MN, Ahmad AM et al. Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 2007;2(4):269-275.
Mohd. Shah, Parilah ; Yusof, Aminuddin ; Hanafiah, Ahmad Khuzaimi M ; Al-Bataineh, Khaleel Bader ; Ong, Mee Nee ; Ahmad, Abdul Malik ; Haron, Ahmad Iskandar. / Malaysian ESL students' use of reading strategies. In: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 2007 ; Vol. 2, No. 4. pp. 269-275.
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