An examination of the relationship between content familiar texts derived from readers' interest and reading performance of English language learners at University level

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2010
Öztürk, Nesrin
This study aimed to examine the relationship of background knowledge in relation to topic interest and reading performance of English language learners at TOBB University of Economics and Technology. For that, a reading interest questionnaire and three reading comprehension tests, which were accompanied with a 2-item background & interest questionnaire, were developed by the researcher. These instruments were implemented on 75 English language learners studying at TOBB ETU Preparatory School. The results obtained from the instruments were analyzed through SPSS 15.0. In analyzing the data, descriptive statistics as average and standard deviation besides inferential statistics as one-way ANOVA and Spearman’s correlation test were used. The results of the study revealed that there is a significant difference among the three reading performance scores of the language learners. Besides, the correlation of topic background knowledge and interest is highlighted for each of three reading comprehension tests, so are the significant relationships of (a) background knowledge and reading performance as well (b) topic interest and reading performance also among the results for the moderate-interest & background knowledge and high- interest & background knowledge tests.

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N. Öztürk, “An examination of the relationship between content familiar texts derived from readers’ interest and reading performance of English language learners at University level,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.