Assessing Reading Strategy Training Based on CALLA Model in EFL and ESL Context

  • Alireza Karbalaei Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Safashahr Branch, Safashahr
Keywords: reading strategies, underlining strategy, reading strategy training, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English as a Second Language (ESL)


Reading strategies instruction is currently gaining much attention as an effective means of enhancing reading comprehension. In this research, we examined the effect of Underlining Strategy Intervention, based on the CALLA model in EFL and ESL contexts. A group of 189 college students were randomly selected from different universities in Iran and India. Based on a proficiency test, students were grouped into high, moderate, and low level. Then, the underlining strategy was taught during the treatment sessions. The results suggest that intervention or explicit instruction was effective in increasing the reading comprehension of both Iranian and Indian students although Indian ESL students were able to perform better in comparison to their Iranian EFL counterparts. There was no significant difference between proficiency level and students' performance in reading comprehension in EFL and ESL contexts. In addition, there was no significant difference between males and females in both contexts.

Received: 09-12-09 / Accepted: 14-10-10

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Karbalaei, A. (2011). Assessing Reading Strategy Training based on CALLA model in EFL and ESL Context. íkala, revista de lenguaje y cultura 16(1), 167-187.

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