Implementing Active Reading Strategies in Virtual Settings: High School Students’ Experience During Remote Learning


  • Ana Quinonez-Beltran
  • Paola Cabrera-Solano
  • Luz Castillo-Cuesta


active reading strategies; EFL reading; high school students; remote learning


This quantitative study aimed to analyze the impact of using active reading strategies on students’ learning in virtual settings during remote learning, which has special relevance after the Covid-19 pandemic. The participants included 273 English as a foreign language (EFL) students from Ecuadorian high schools located in 22 provinces. The age range of the participants was 12 to 14 years, and their language proficiency level aligned with the A1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A quasi-experimental design was employed. A pre-test, post-test, and online survey were administered to collect data. Furthermore, four reading workshops based on active reading strategies, such as predicting, using graphic organizers, summarizing, brainstorming, and scanning, were offered through Zoom meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic. The findings demonstrate that active EFL reading strategy implementation in virtual settings improved students’ reading skills. Students perceived that the strategies used were motivating and enhanced their reading comprehension during remote learning instruction. Certainly, the effective implementation of active reading strategies and inspirational stories during remote learning instruction motivated students to continue fostering their reading habits in the future.


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