In-Service EFL Teachers’ Beliefs about Teaching Reading Strategies

Ebrahim M. Bamanger, Amani K. Gashan


Recent trends in teacher education have focused on exploring teachers’ beliefs. Earlier studies have shown the important influence of teachers’ beliefs on teaching practices. The present study was conducted to explore the beliefs of Saudi EFL teachers about the significance of teaching English reading strategies. The study aimed also to find the influence of these beliefs on their classroom teaching practice. The participants of the present quantitative study were twenty seven Saudi EFL teachers, teaching in different schools in Riyadh. The questionnaire results were collected and the data was analyzed by the use of SPSS program. In the analysis process, the mean for each item was calculated as well as the standard deviation. Then, the results of the teachers’ beliefs and the actual practices were correlated to find the relationship between them.

The results, based on questionnaire data, showed that in-service EFL teachers clearly placed great emphasis on the significance of teaching reading strategies. Teachers were found to believe that the most important teaching reading strategies are: “To guess the meaning of the ambiguous vocabulary” (Mean 4.62), “To explain vocabulary items” (Mean 4.48), “To scan the text” (Mean 4.48) and “To ask questions to check the comprehension of the text” (Mean 4.44), whereas they believe that “To translate words into Arabic” (Mean 2.14) is the least important one.

The findings of the current study concluded that what in-service teachers do believe about the efficient strategies of teaching reading, significantly correlates with what they really do in classrooms. The findings suggested that in order to change classroom’ practices, EFL teachers need to change what they believe about these practices.

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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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