Text and Its Influence on Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills

Sima Soltaninezhad


The study aimed to investigate the effects of cohesive devices or discourse markers on the learners' perception and reading comprehension as well as their writing ability. A total of 28 EFL students participated in the study. They were divided into two groups and both groups took a pretest. While the control group received no treatment the experimental group was exposed to the materials rich in discourse markers during six sessions. An independent samples t-test was conducted. After taking the immediate posttest, the results indicated that there was a significant difference between their mean scores. Taken together, the findings suggest that it is beneficial to employ discourse markers or cohesive devices since this would enable learners to comprehend texts better.


cohesion, discourse markers, reading perception, relating ideas

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