International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Role of Assisting Texts in Mother Tongue in Understanding Texts in a Foreign Language
Hadissehalsadat Mousavi, Roya Letafati, Hamidreza Shairi, Parivash Safa

The purpose of the present interdisciplinary research is to study the influence of assisting texts on the comprehension of texts written in a foreign language. In this way, the eye movements of two groups of sophomores major in French language (for Bachelor degree) on reading texts were recorded and assessed using eye tracking device. The first group of students read a story written in Persian and then reread its equivalence in French. The second group just read the French text. Then, questionnaires containing comprehension questions from the French text were distributed among students. The results of both the tests carried out by eye tracking device and the questionnaires prove that Persian assisting text has facilitated the comprehension of text in foreign language.

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