The Effect of Teaching Reading Comprehension Skills on Translation Quality of Iranian EFL learners

Mehrdad Vasheghani Farahani, Masood Siyyari

Abstract


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of teaching reading comprehension skills on translation quality of EFL. In other words, this study sought to see if teaching reading comprehension skills had statically any significant impact translation quality of Iranian EFL learners and if yes, which reading comprehension skill was the most predictive of translation quality of  Iranian EFL learners. In order to put this study into practice, these steps were taken. First, in order to assign subjects homogeneity, an OPT (oxford placement test) was given to BA students of   English Literature at Beheshti University. Then, a pre- test on translation and a pre-test on reading comprehension were given to the subjects.  In the next step, a treatment, on reading comprehension skills only, was given to the subjects. After that a test based on the treatment was given to the subjects. In the final step, two other post-tests, on reading comprehension and translation were given to the subjects to determine if teaching reading comprehension skills had any impact on translation quality of EFL subjects.  As the data represents the translation quality of EFL students although increased after they were given some treatments on their reading comprehension; the correlation between reading comprehension skills and the translation quality was not significant (0.585).

 


Keywords


Reading Comprehension, Reading Comprehension Skills Translation, Translation Quality

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