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Deepening ESP Reading Comprehension through Visualization

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Author(s): Seyyed Mahdi Erfani | Abutaleb Iranmehr | Hossein Davari

Journal: Journal of Language Teaching and Research
ISSN 1798-4769

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 270;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: visualization | ESP | reading comprehension

ABSTRACT
Teaching through visualization or in Tomlinson's (1998) terms "the ability to build mental pictures or images while reading" is known as an efficient strategy in language learning. Thus, this research was done to investigate the role of this strategy on ESP reading comprehension ability of Iranian students whose syllabus mostly focuses on this skill. To do so, two homogeneous groups of thirty served as the experimental and the control groups. Before treatment, pretest was performed in both groups. The participants in the experimental group were taught through visualization and the ones in the control group were taught through the conventional method common in Iranian ESP setting by the same teacher. At the end of the treatment which took twenty-four sessions of two hours during twelve weeks, a test of 30-item multiple choice in ESP reading comprehension was administered to both groups. Finally, drawing on t-test at the 0.05 level of significance, the researchers compared the participants' performances to study such an effect. The findings revealed the significant advantage of using visualization in promoting ESP reading comprehension ability of university students.

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