Research Article

An Investigation of EFL Learners’ Reading Strategy Use


  • Ayman Mosully Department of Foreign Languages Education, Biruni University


Reading is one of the four primary skills, alongside listening, writing, and speaking. It involves cognitive and comprehension processes. Reading is a dynamic skill that urges learners to find and use a variety of materials and resources. This study was conducted to reveal the type of reading strategies used by EFL preparatory university students at a foreign language department in a foundational university. The participants of this study were 65 EFL learners aged between 18 to 22 years old. The data was collected and analyzed through a questionnaire and semi-structured follow-up interviews. The findings gave insight into the reading strategies most and least used by learners. Furthermore, it provided EFL instructors with the opportunity to focus on the learners’ reading weaknesses. It also highlighted the importance of reading strategies awareness among learners and underscored the significance of acquiring reading strategies as a vital method for EFL learners to improve their reading comprehension.

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation

Volume (Issue)

7 (4)





How to Cite

Mosully, A. (2024). An Investigation of EFL Learners’ Reading Strategy Use. International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Translation, 7(4), 25–33.



reading strategies, top-down, bottom-up, cognitive, Reading comprehension