Dr. SedighehVahdat, Farzad Qanbarnejad & Dr. Seyyed Rahim Moosavinia
Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz
This study examines the relation of gender and use of short stories in EFL reading comprehension classes. Participants of the study were 30 Iranian EFL students who were selected from Iran Language Institute of University Students, Ahvaz. To homogenize the participants, The Oxford Quick Placement Test was administered and 15 male and 15 female learners with lower intermediate English proficiency were selected as the research sample. Next, they were divided into two fifteen-member groups, one group included 8 males and 7 females and the other group included 7 males and 8 females. Then the groups were randomly assigned as control and experimental groups. The control group did not receive any special treatment for teaching the short stories and followed the conventional methods. Conversely, the experimental group was taught the same short stories in the same course of time using awareness raising activities, such as teaching the elements of short stories like theme, symbol, characterization, point of view, and plot. To answer the research question, an independent sample t-test was run. The obtained results indicate the experimental group demonstrates a better performance than the control one. Moreover, according to the means, the female learners in both groups outperformed the male ones.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The Second National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 4-5 February 2016 , Iran-Ahwaz.