A Genre-Based Model for EFL Learners’ Summary writing and learners’ attitudes towards it: A Mixed Methods Study

Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 PhD Candidate in TEFL, Department of English Language Teaching, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran

2 Assistant Professor in TEFL, Department of English Language Teaching, Ahar Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ahar, Iran

Abstract

Research findings on teaching of language learning strategies found that summarizing is of tremendous role in learning in general, and in reading comprehension in particular. Due to its importance and also due in large to the fact that there wasn’t a comprehensive way of summarizing the current study tried to provide an inclusive genre -based model for text summarizing, and examine its effectiveness in a mixed-methods study which lasted for one academic semester. The results of the quantitative phase revealed that the experimental group outperformed in the posttest. It can be said that the effectiveness of the Genre-based model is principally due to its role in increasing the learners’ structural awareness, namely in supporting them in finding out the schematic structure of texts and eradicating the insignificant parts. In the qualitative phase the researcher designed a questionnaire and found out attitudes of the learners towards the model. The results exposed that learners had positive attitudes towards the genre-based model of summary development. Through making use of the model they have an effective tool for taking the gist of texts out of them, and make connections with what they already know.
 
 

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