ISSN:2342-0251

On the Impacts of Culture-Embedded Texts on EFL Learners’ Reading Comprehension: The Case of Native and Target-Culture Texts


Intercultural misunderstanding of reading texts, a recurrent phenomenon in present-day globalized interaction, greatly undermines the success of any communication act. To address this problem in Iranian English as a foreign language (TEFL) context, the present research focused on including texts on learners’ native culture alongside the target culture to find out their impacts on learners’ reading comprehension. For this purpose, 30 second-year Iranian EFL learners were given five pairs of native- and target-culture texts. The results of the paired-samples t-test and follow-up interviews revealed that not only cultural variance is not a factor in altering learners’ comprehension of the reading passages, but it is also preferred by 66.7 percent of the participants. The findings of the research may imply that a better sense of intercultural awareness should be created in EFL learners through introducing different cultures and giving EFL learners a more multi-dimensional picture of different cultures. Keywords: Iranian EFL learners, reading comprehension, globalized interaction, intercultural competence


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Iranian EFL learners, reading comprehension, globalized interaction, intercultural competence

Author : Vahid Panahzadeh - Mohammad Javad Mohammadi & Bita Asadi
Number of pages: 319-326
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18033/ijla.124
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International Journal of Language Academy
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