Online Reading Strategy Use and Gender Differences: The Case of Iranian EFL Learners
This study investigated the online reading strategies used by Iranian EFL students and the differences between male
and female learners in terms of online reading strategy use. It also made an attempt to answer the question of whether skilled
strategy users in the offline environment are skilled strategy users in the online environment. Participants in this study were 30
students (15 males and 15 females) selected from among 50 MA students at IAU University of Shahreza, Iran. The Survey of
Reading Strategies (SORS) and Online Survey of Reading Strategies (OSORS) were adapted to the purposes of this study. The
results indicated that participants used online reading strategies moderately. Problem-solving strategies and global reading
strategies were used the most. The findings revealed while there were no overall significant differences between males and
females in terms of online reading strategy use, they did differ significantly on a number of individual strategies. The findings also
indicated that active strategy users in the offline environment were active strategy users in the online environment. The findings
hold implications for EFL teachers, students, material developers, and for researchers.
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