Persistent And Potential Problems Preventing Efl Reading Comprehension Of Saudi University Students

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Persistent and Potential Problems Preventing EFL Reading Comprehension of Saudi University Students



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Background of the Study2

Rationale for the Study5

Statement of the Problem8

Significance of the Study9

Research Questions11

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Language is a means of communication and, everyone learns a language to communicate from early childhood. Language is very important because it serves as a means for people to exchange their ideas, thoughts and feelings with each other.

Once a person learns a language, he/she becomes a member of a linguistic community. Since language helps a person to express their love, sadness, anger, and happiness, it has become a component of every culture in this world. For this reason, people from across the globe develop a deep rooted love and emotional bonding for their mother tongues. However, with the concept of globalization which has over taken the entire world, the need to communicate in a regular language has become increasingly important.

The clearest example of this phenomenon is the acquisition of English Language, which has become a necessity for people across the globe in order to communicate with each other. This is because the English Language has become an international language and Lingua Franca which means a language which serves as a vehicular language, or a working language. Lingua Franca helps people with different mother tongues to communicate with each other.

The English Language enjoys a very significant status in the world being the international language of communication, however, the importance of another language can never be undermined or underestimated as every language hold a great value within itself and speakers of every language have a profound love for their native languages which renders a greater significance to any given language.

When pupils, whose native language is not English, embark on learning English as a foreign language, it becomes a challenge for them to acquire a command over the second language. This study will analyze the persistent and potential problems that are faced by Saudi Arabian university students while reading English as a foreign language.

Background of the Study

Over the years, research has proven that Saudi Arabian students face considerable trouble in reading and comprehension of English text. This acts a hindrance for them to remain abreast with the rest of the world in this age of globalization. The foremost thing to be considered is that when assessing the process of reading from the reader's point of view should be the interest ...
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