Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number2  June 2020                 Pp.411- 419

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Interpretive Reading as a Strategy to Construct Meaning in EFL Reading Comprehension:
A Case Study at King Khalid University

Ahmad I. Assiri
Faculty of Languages and Translation,
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

Ahlullah Siddiqui
Faculty of Languages and Translation
King Khalid University, Abha, KSA





This study aims to investigate interpretive reading; as a strategy to construct meaning among English as a foreign language (EFL) beginner level students at the Faculty of Languages and Translation,  King Khalid University(KKU). It will also suggest ways in which instructors can incorporate this strategy into their teaching. Reading appears to be one of the challenging skills for EFL Saudi students for various reasons; among them, the primary one can be that students are usually less motivated towards self-reading. The Interpretive reading strategy could go a long way to bridge the gaps in understanding comprehension passages, as it is a performance/rhetoric-related strategy and lies at a more intuitive level. Engaging and motivating students in learning requires a few essential factors,  such as exciting tasks, the sociocultural background of the learners, and people who manage the delivery of the course (Marshall,1992). An experimental and control group of students will be selected, enrolled in the reading course, at level 1. The test group will get training in the interpretive reading techniques through their EFL instructors, having excellent in-depth knowledge of the skill of interpretive reading techniques. After teaching for more than eight weeks, a proficiency test will gauge student’s performance. The obtained results are compared using SPSS software to see the significant achievements and suggestions, and necessary recommendations are made.
Key Words: EFL Reading comprehension, ESL interpretive reading, self-reading, Saudi   beginner level

Cite as: Assiri, A. I. , &  Siddiqui, A. (2020). Interpretive Reading as a Strategy to Construct Meaning in EFL Reading Comprehension: A Case Study at King Khalid University..Arab World English Journal11 (2) 395-410.  DOI:


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Dr. Ahmad I. Assiri is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Languages and
Translation, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia. He did his MA from West Virginia
University, USA; and finished his PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He is
interested mainly in Syntactic Theory, with a focus on Arabic Syntax. He has an equal interest in
other fields Linguistics such as Sociolinguistics and Phonology.

Dr Ahlullah Siddiqui is a senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Languages and Translation ,King
Khalid University , Saudi Arabia . He is a Fulbright scholar, and completed his professional
development and research program at University of California ,Los Angeles and at Washington
D.C . Apart from his PhD in sociolinguistics, he is a Master Reviewer and actively involved with
research and course review with Quality Matters, Annapolis Maryland.
ORCID ID: /0000-0002-6476-9252