Does Reading Literary Texts Have Any Impact on EFL Learners’ Vocabulary Retention?

Shirin Rahimi Kazerooni, Masoud Saeedi, Vahid Parvaresh


Abstract: This study seeks to find out whether EFL learners’ exposure to literary texts is in any way different from their exposure to nonliterary texts with respect to their ability to deal with related vocabulary items. Furthermore, the present study also sets out to examine whether EFL learners perform differently on reading comprehension tests derived from literary texts compared with those derived from nonliterary ones. The analysis of the data brought to light the fact that exposure to a plethora of literary texts does not imperatively bring any significant gain in the comprehension of literary or nonliterary texts. Even so, it is concluded that exposure to vocabulary items in literary texts may, in point of fact, help EFL learners to build up solid vocabulary knowledge. Key words: Extensive Reading; Literature; Reading Comprehension; Vocabulary Acquisition Résumé: Cette étude cherche à découvrir s’il y aurait des différences aux niveaux des résultats en comparant avec l’exposition des étudiants d'EFL aux textes littéraires et des étudiants d’EFL qui sont exposes aux textes non littéraires en ce qui concerne de leur capacité de traiter les articles relatifs de vocabulaire. En outre, la présente étude également mise à examiner si les étudiants d'EFL exécutent différemment sur des essais de compréhension de lecture dérivés des textes littéraires comparés à ceux dérivés de les non littéraire. L'analyse des données a mis en évidence le fait que l'exposition à une pléthore de textes littéraires n'apporte impérativement aucun gain significatif dans la compréhension des textes littéraires ou non littéraire. Néanmoins, on le conclut que l'exposition aux articles de vocabulaire en textes littéraires peut, en effet, aider des étudiants d'EFL à accumuler la connaissance solide de vocabulaire. Mots clés: Lecture étendue; Littérature; Compréhension de lecture; Acquisition de vocabulaire

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