Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.7 Number.1 March, 2016                                     Pp.445-458

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The Effect of Jigsaw Strategy on ESL Students’ Reading Achievement  

 Sabah Salman Sabbah
Community College of Qatar


It is educationally acknowledged that reading is an important skill for acquiring a second language academically. However, it has been noticed that students’ results in reading in the Foundation program in the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) are not satisfactory.  This study used a quasi-experimental pre-posttest design to investigate the effect of using jigsaw cooperative strategy on ELS students’ achievement in reading comprehension. Convenience sampling of the two classes was used from the female students enrolling in Level 4 reading classes in the Foundation Program in the Community College of Qatar in the fourth quarter of the academic year of 2013-2014. It is a non-probability sampling technique where two classes were selected because of their convenient accessibility to the researcher as the researcher was supposed to teach them reading. The two classes were assigned randomly to two groups: the experimental group (n=16 students) which was taught seven units in Real Reading Textbook via the jigsaw strategy and the control group (n=10 students) which was taught via the traditional strategy-no grouping. Analysis of Covariance (ANCOV)was used to analyze students’ scores on the posttest. The results revealed significant differences in favor of the experimental group.
Keywords: cooperative learning, English as a second language, jigsaw strategy,and reading teaching techniques

Cite as: Sabbah, S. S. (2017). The Effect of Jigsaw Strategy on ESL Students’ Reading Achievement. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).


Dr. Sabah Sabbah holds Ph.D. in English Language Curriculum and Instruction. She worked as
an assistant professor in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. She published eight papers and
presented in Innovations 2014 in the U.S.A., in the International Journal of Arts and Science
Conference/2016 in Las Vegas, and in TESOL conferences in Qatar and Dubai.