The Reading Difficulties in English andHow to Deal with them as Perceived byTeachers and Students in Nablus District

Discussion Committee: 
Dr. Ahmed Awad/supervisor
Dr. Mohammad Farrah/external examiner
Dr. Suzanne Arafat/ internal examiner
Dr. Ahmed Awad
Alaa' Yaseen
This study aims at figuring out the most reading difficulties in English and how to deal with them for the tenth graders in Nablus district as perceived by teachers of English and students as well. The study examines the effect of teachers' variables (gender, qualification, and years of experience), and the effect of the student’s variable (gender) on having reading difficulties in English and how to deal with them. In order to achieve the study objectives, the researcher developed a two different data collection instruments: two questionnaires and an interview. First, a questionnaire developed in English for the teachers and another one developed in English translated into Arabic language for the students. Second, study also used an interview as a second data method for the teachers. The interview was held by the researcher herself. It consisted of (7) questions. The researcher conducted this study on the tenth grade students who are learning English as a foreign language and their teachers of English in Nablus District by using a stratified random sample. The whole population consisted of (4904) students, (2004) males and (2900) females, also (94) teachers, (31) males and (64) females. The sample consisted of (10%) of the whole population. The results of the study showed that reading difficulties faced by students in learning English resulting from students' reading behaviors were high. In addition, the content (textbook), teaching aids and teaching methods had a significant effect on the reading difficulties. In the light of the findings of the study, the researcher recommended holding training courses for the teachers to provide them with sufficient experience to teach their students the reading skill in the right way.
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