A communicative competence perspective on difficulties l2 reading

Bayraktar, Hasan
The primary objective of this study was to investigate the reading difficulties (problems) of Freshman EFL students attending the Department of Foreign Language Education at Middle East Technical University. The study attempted to integrate notions of strategic, linguistic, discourse and sociolinguistic competence into the construct of reading: a first approximation at integrating and applying a model of reading ability to a model of communicative language ability. To examine the reading difficulties and factors related to EFL reading, the researcher investigated the sub-competencies of reading comprehension in the following areas of Communicative Competence: linguistic, strategic, socio-linguistic and discourse competence. For this purpose, 6 reading quizzes were administered to 29 EFL readers and the results were analyzed by three different reading instructors to explore, from a Communicative Competence perspective, where the difficulties in L2 reading were experienced. The results showed that students̕ difficulties frequently originated from discourse competence, followed by sociolinguistic, strategic and linguistic competences, respectively.


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Citation Formats
H. Bayraktar, “A communicative competence perspective on difficulties l2 reading,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2005.