The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal

CABAROĞLU N., Yurdaışık A.

The Reading Matrix, vol.8, no.2, pp.133-154, 2008 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Name: The Reading Matrix
  • Journal Indexes: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • Page Numbers: pp.133-154
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


The present study investigates university preparatory school teachers’ views about and

approaches to reading instruction and reading strategies. Fifty instructors who work at

preparatory schools of Cag University, Cukurova University and Mersin University in Turkey

participated in the study. To investigate instructors’ views about and approaches to reading

instruction a questionnaire was given and interviews were conducted with six of the

participants according to the diversity of the answers they gave in the questionnaire. The

study also investigated how teachers read in a foreign languguage, how they teach reading,

the problems they face in reading lessons and whether they teach reading strategies in their

reading lessons. It also focused on how and whether instructors’ use of reading strategies’ in

their daily lives is reflected in their reading classes. The data were collected with a

questionnaire and a semi-structured interview. It is found out that the most important

problems instructors face in a reading class is the unknown vocabulary and unfamiliar topic.

The results showed that instructors thought an ideal reading instruction should include reading

strategies; instructors used more pre-reading strategies than post-reading strategies, and

participants who used reading strategies in their daily lives made more use of reading

strategies in class.