The Effect of Teaching Summarization Strategies on Reading Comprehension of Science and Humanities Iranian High school Students

  • Azam Sadat Pourhosseini Maybodi Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch, Yazd, Iran
  • Ashraf Haji Maibodi College of Humanities, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch, Yazd, Iran.
Keywords: EFL learners, Reading comprehension, Summarization strategy.


This study investigated the effect of teaching summarization strategies on the reading comprehension of English as Foreign Language (EFL) high school students. To this end, 80 high-school students from science and humanities sections were divided to two groups of 40 each. Two reading comprehension tests were developed and administered as pre-test and post-test. The obtained data that was analyzed using SPSS software showed that EFL learners in both groups showed significantly more improvement in their reading comprehension from the pre-test to the post-test. However, the numerical findings obtained from the paired samples t-test showed that students in the science group outperformed those who were in the humanity group and their scores seemed to be more statistically significant. The major pedagogical implication of this study is that summarization strategy can help to improve the reading comprehension of EFL high school students in Iran.

Author Biographies

Azam Sadat Pourhosseini Maybodi, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch, Yazd, Iran

Azamsadat Pourhosseini Maybodi has an M.A in TEFL from Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch. She is at a present a high school teacher with a working experience of more than 20 years. She is an English teacher for Pre-University EFL students.


Ashraf Haji Maibodi, College of Humanities, Department of English, Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch, Yazd, Iran.
Ashraf Haji Maibodi, assistant professor and full-time faculty member at the English Department in Islamic Azad University, Maybod Branch. With a teaching experience of nearly twenty years at the university, her research interests are in methodology, interlanguage pragmatic and cognitive psychology. She has published widely both inside and outside the country.


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How to Cite
Pourhosseini Maybodi, A., & Maibodi, A. (2017). The Effect of Teaching Summarization Strategies on Reading Comprehension of Science and Humanities Iranian High school Students. Indonesian Journal of EFL and Linguistics, 2(1), 41-52.