An Investigation into the Optimal Experience in Reading Journalistic Texts in Light of Instructing Fairclough’s and Van Dijk’s Model

Seyyed Alireza Hamedi, Seyyedeh Mina Hamedi, Seyyedeh Maryam Hamedi, Seyyedeh Massoumeh Hamedi


The present study aims at exploring the extent to which Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) familiarity may have an impact on flow experience. In so doing, the community sample of 60 students comprising 16 males and 44 females participated in the study. Initially, the pretest was conducted to ensure the homogeneity of their proficiency level. Besides, the participants were asked to reflect on their flow experience while reading three distinct genres of journalistic texts prior to the application of the treatment. During the treatment phase, they were instructed how to critically examine other journalistic texts relying on Fairclough’s (1989) three dimensional model along with Van Dijk’s (1995) theoretical framework of CDA over 10 successive sessions. Finally, utilizing paired- samples  t-tests, the results of the posttests on the very three texts which were conducted at the pretest stage, indicated that the application of CDA  has a significant influence on the students’ optimal experience while reading descriptive, expository, and narrative genres of journalistic texts.


Critical discourse analysis, Flow experience, Reading, Journalistic texts, Fairclough’s model, Van Dijk’s theoretical framework

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RIMCIS - International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences | ISSN: 2014-3680

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