The Impact of Schema Activation on Reading Comprehension of Cultural Texts among Iranian EFL Learners

Najmeh Maghsoudi


It is believed that the readers’ background knowledge (schema) interacts with the content of the passage they are reading. So decoding a message more accurately needs the activation of vocabulary and structure knowledge as well as background knowledge. The aim of the present study was to determine whether schema activation has any effect on reading comprehension of culturally-loaded texts. The subjects were 76 sophomore students divided into control and experimental groups. The students’ schema in experimental group was activated through prereading activities while the participants in control group received no treatment. The results of the t-test showed a significant difference between the mean scores of pre-test and post-test of the experimental group before and after schema activation. Correlation analysis also revealed that as participants received more background knowledge, their comprehension of cultural texts was improved. The study finally explored some pedagogical implications.

Key words: Schema activation; Reading comprehension; Cultural texts; Pre-reading activities


Schema activation, Reading comprehension, Cultural texts, Pre-reading activities


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