Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 1(3), pp. 150 - 156
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010303
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The Effects of Culture of Muslim Students on Their Reading Comprehension


Seyedeh Sara Jafari *, Hajar aghaei
Department of foreign languages, Abadeh branch, Islamic Azad University, Abadeh, Iran

ABSTRACT

This research studies whether cultural schema has an influence on reading comprehension and whether using a set of reading activities make up for the lack of cultural familiarity. 80 Turkish/Persian language students of pre-university participated in the cross-cultural study. Post-Hoc Scheffe and one-way ANOVA test were used in thestudy. We found that the Turkish language groups recalled the material dealing with their own cultural background better and more overall than their counterparts,i.e. the cultural-specific schema embodied in the English version of the Turkish short story "Aal" by Mohammad BahmanBeigi contributed to the Turkish language participants to have significantly better understanding of the text, while both groups were reading in their foreign language, and the use of activities facilitated for better literal understanding of the text. This way, it emphasizes a strong impact of cultural familiarity on comprehension.

KEYWORDS
Schema Theory, Culture, Reading Comprehension

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[1] Seyedeh Sara Jafari , Hajar aghaei , "The Effects of Culture of Muslim Students on Their Reading Comprehension," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 150 - 156, 2013. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010303.

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Seyedeh Sara Jafari , Hajar aghaei (2013). The Effects of Culture of Muslim Students on Their Reading Comprehension. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 1(3), 150 - 156. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2013.010303.