DEDICATION

To the most kind fathers and mothers who always give us what we need. To our brothers who have supported us during our study. To our classmates and to everybody hopes us a successful life.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We are so grateful to Dr. I. B. Sharma , Associate Professor and Head of English Department for his valuable continuous help and assistance during preparation of the thesis. We really appreciate teacher Mohammed Al-Kaladi who spent a great deal of his valuable time repeatedly proof-reading the manuscript with a sense of admirable involvement and valuable suggestions. We are profoundly indebted to them for their help to us to complete our research. A word of veneration and thankfulness, along with excessively perfuming flowers is due to all our classmates specially for Miss Lybia Al- Masaudi and Miss Nadia Al- Dhuraibi who thankfully supported us with really valuable resources during our preparation of this research.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
DEDICATION………………………………………………………….. I

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT…………………………………………….. II TABLE OF CONTENTS…………………………………………… III

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………… IV
CHAPTER Page

I- HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF TESL IN YEMEN………………………… 1 - Introduction………………………………………………………………….. 2 - The importance of the research……………………………………………… 3 - History of English in Yemen………………………………………………… - Current status of English in Yemen………………………………………….. 5 6

- TESL with special reference to the reading comprehension…………………. 7 - Future prospective………………………………………………………….. 10 - Value of the study………………………………………………………… - Hypotheses………………………………………………………………… II- LITERATURE REVIEW………………………………………………….. - Introduction………………………………………………………………… 11 12 13 14

- What is reading?............................................................................................ 14 - RC skills………………………………………………………………… III 17

- SKIMMING……………………………………………………………… - SCANNING……………………………………………………………… - EFFECTIVE READING………………………………………………

17 18 19

- GOOD READERS………………………………………………………… - POOR READERS………………………………………………………… - DEVELOPING READERS…………………………………………………

20 21 23

- READING DIFFICULTY RESEARCH……………………………………… 26 III- LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY………………………………………… - DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION………………………… - Introduction………………………………………………………………. - Analyzing part “A”………………………………………………………. 27 27 28 29

- Analyzing part “B”…………………………………………………………. 30 - CONCLUSION…………………………………………………………… - REFERENCES……………………………………………………………… 50 51

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INTRODUCTION
English language has recently occupied a remarkable place and achieved the credit as the international language. It became the language

of technology, higher academic pursuits, industry, national and international business dealings and so on. Globally, language vitally attracted the attention of the whole world and made of itself a spoken language of most of the world countries. Yemen policy has recognized the great importance and the urgent need for establishing mutual relationship with this worldwide language as to get into the cart of globalization. However, it asserted the need for looking deeply into the effective policies, strategies and methods fertilize for cultivating and growing future generation of fluent speakers. Nevertheless, it adopted within its future plans different types of strategies that based on practical, statistical studies regarding the English language. However, this practical study is intended to provide accurate description of the process of reading comprehension skill with special

V reference to the ESL situation in Yemen, past, current and future. The research falls into three chapters. The first chapter focuses on ESL situation in Yemen. It gives an overview of the historical development of teaching English in Yemen, along with the current and future perspectives. At the end of this chapter, the problem of the research, along with the hypotheses is stated. The second chapter, literature review, focuses on theoretical perspective regarding the skill of reading. The review attempts to give a general presentation of the nature

of reading skill as an effective process as well as a comprehensive survey of different principles elements associated always with reading. It also states the problems of that SL/FL reader might experience in the process of needing comprehension, as well as characteristics of both good, and poor readers. The third and the most important chapter, the analysis of data obtained from the questionnaire is presented in great details. It also provides detailed subjective interpretation of the data of the hypotheses. At the end of this chapter, the conclusion and the research findings included. A glossary of references are also mentioned at the end of the research.

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