The Effect of Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies on Iraqi EFL College Students' Performance in Reading Comprehension

Abstract

The present study aims at investigating the effect of teaching reading comprehension strategies on Iraqi EFL College learners’ reading comprehension performance and on the development of their reading comprehension strategies use . To fulfill the purposes of this study, 40 first-year students were chosen to be the sample of the present study. Twenty students were enrolled in an experimental group that received instruction on reading comprehension strategies. The other twenty students were enrolled in a control group, which was taught reading by the use of the conventional way of teaching reading comprehension. The findings after instruction indicate that the experimental group subjects' performance in reading comprehension has been found to be better than that of the control group subjects on the reading comprehension post-test and that the experimental group subjects show statistically significant increases in the use of reading strategies on the post-administration of the reading comprehension strategies survey. On the basis of the results obtained , it is recommended that reading comprehension strategies should be an integral part of reading instruction courses at the college level.