Newspaper Reading Comprehension Development through Vocabulary or Structure Instruction


  • Samane Naderi Ph.D. Student , TEFL, English Department, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
  • Ali Fazilatfar Associate Professor, Ph.D. , Applied Linguistics & TESL, English Department, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran



Newspaper Reading Comprehension; Authentic Materials; Vocabulary Instruction; Structure Instruction


The purpose of this study is investigating the effect of specific vocabularies and structures instruction on the upper intermediate EFL learners’ newspaper reading comprehension development. For this purpose, fifty four female upper intermediate EFL learners were selected and randomly assigned in three groups each consisting of eighteen learners, two experimental and one control. At the first session,a researcher-made newspaper reading comprehension test was applied as the pretest. The learners of one experimental group received instruction of newspaper structures and the other one received related vocabularies instruction and the control one received just translation of newspaper content by the teacher. In the last session, another researcher-made comprehension test was administered for three groups as the post test. The findings indicate thatstructure instruction is significantly the most beneficial one and the mere translation of newspaper content is the least beneficial in developing learner's newspaper reading comprehension.The results of interviews confirmed the study findings as well.


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Naderi, S. ., & Fazilatfar, A. . (2020). Newspaper Reading Comprehension Development through Vocabulary or Structure Instruction. International Journal Online of Humanities, 6(4), 1–18.