ChnStd  Vol.2 No.4 , November 2013
Exploring the Useful Reading Strategies among EFL College Students in Taiwan*
Author(s) Kung Shan-Shan
ABSTRACT
The major purpose of this study was to understand what the reading strategies the EFL students use more or less among EFL college students in Taiwan. The study focused on three hundred and ninety-eight EFL college students coming from seven colleges located in the north, central, and south Taiwan. The research instrument was a questionnaire modified from Wan-Yin Lin’s Chinese reading strategies questionnaire (2005). The collected data used the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 13.0 to analyze the results. The findings of study included the following: first, higher grade students had more variety in using reading strategies than lower grade students; and second, the higher grade students tended to use integrated strategies more than lower grade students. According to the research findings, the researcher provided some recommendations, such as teachers could be better guiders to help students understand the importance of reading in language learning. They can not just focus on teaching listening and speaking, and should enhance the balance development in integrated reading strategies that helped students could read fluently any English materials.

Cite this paper
Kun, S. (2013). Exploring the Useful Reading Strategies among EFL College Students in Taiwan*. Chinese Studies, 2, 193-196. doi: 10.4236/chnstd.2013.24031.
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