Self-efficacy, Text Difficulty and EFL Learners’ Pedagogic Task Performance

Document Type: Research Paper

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University of Qom

Abstract

Till recently, text difficulty has commonly been determined by employing readability formulas, however, major criticisms have been leveled against readability formulas (Graves & Graves, 2003).This research project aimed at determining text difficulty through readability formulas and Coh-Metrix. In other words, the study investigated the role of text difficulty in EFL learners’ pedagogic task performances. Since both males and females took part in the study, firstly the researchers aimed at finding out whether a different pattern of task performance existed for each. Secondly, all participants were provided with two different reading passages whose difficulty levels were determined by Coh-Metrix and readability formulas. Finally, a self-efficacy questionnaire was administered to delve into learners’ self-perceptions about their own performances on the pedagogic tasks. Descriptive statistics, paired samples t-test and repeated measures ANOVA were utilized to analyze the data. The results indicated that gender of the students had no significant impact on the learners’ performances on the pedagogic tasks. The findings revealed that text difficulty and the learners’ self-efficacy significantly affected EFL learners’ performance on the pedagogic tasks. The findings suggest that determining difficulty level of the texts through Coh-Metrix could be considered a step forward and will certainly assist language teachers and syllabus designers who strive to tailor the appropriate tasks and materials to learners at differing level of language proficiency. The results also imply that self-perceptions of learners might be a true predictor of their own performances on different tasks in general, and on pedagogic tasks in particular

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Article Title [Persian]

خود کارآمدی، سختی متن،و عملکرد زبان آموزان در انجام فعالیت های آموزشی

Authors [Persian]

  • رضا باقری نویسی
  • رسول محمدحسین پور
Abstract [Persian]

تا همین اواخر، با استفاده از فرمول های سنتی درک مطلب، سختی متن تعیین می گردیدند؛ با این حال، انتقادات عمده ای بر چنین فرمول هایی وارد شده است (گریوز و گریوز، ۲۰۰۳). این مطالعه با هدف تعیین میزان سختی متن با استفاده از فرمول های سنتی خواندن و کومتریکس انجام شده است. به عبارت دیگر، این مطالعه به بررسی نقش سختی متن در عملکرد زبان آموزان در انجام فعالیت های آموزشی درک مطلب پرداخته است. از آنجاییکه هم شرکت کنندگان زن و هم مرد در مطالعه شرکت داشتند، در ابتدا محققان سعی کردند دریابند آیا الگوی مشترک یا متفاوتی از عملکرد در فعالیت های آموزشی برای هر دو جنسیت از شرکت کنندگان وجود د دارد. ثانیاً، دو متن ساده و مشکل که سطوح دشواری آنها از طریق فرمول های سنتی و کومتریکس مشخص شده بودند در اختیار تمامی شرکت کنندگان قرار داده شد. نهایتا، یک پرسشنامه خودکار-آمدی برای تعیین خود ادراکات زبان آموزان از نحوه عملکرد شان در فعالیت های آموزشی بین آنها توزیع گردید. برای تجزیه و تحلیل داده ها، آمار توصیفی و آزمون تحلیل واریانس مکرر و آزمون تی تک نمونه ای مورد استفاده قرار گرفتند. نتایج نشان دادند که جنسیت زبان آموزان تأثیر معناداری بر عملکرد آنها در انجام فعالیت های آموزشی نداشت ولی سختی متن و خودکار-آمدی زبان آموزان به طور معناداری بر عملکرد شان تأثیر گذاشتند. یافته های این تحقیق نشان می دهد که تعیین سطح دشواری متون از طریق کومتریکس می تواند گامی رو به جلو تلقی گردد و مطمئنا به معلمان زبان و طراحان برنامه های آموزشی که تلاش می کنند تا فعالیت ها و مواد آموزشی مناسب را در اختیار آموزگاران در سطوح مختلف مهارت زبان قرار دهند کمک خواهد کرد. همچنین خود ادراکات زبان آموزان می تواند پیش بینی درستی از عملکرد آنها در فعالیت های متفاوت آموزشی ارائه دهد.

Keywords [Persian]

  • فعّالیت های آموزشی
  • سختی متن
  • کومتریکس
  • خود-کارآمدی
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