The reading preferences of grade 11 ESL learners in Grahamstown

Rasana, Nomakhosazana Hazel (2003) The reading preferences of grade 11 ESL learners in Grahamstown. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Abstract

This survey investigates learners’ reading preferences in selected Eastern Cape secondary schools where English is taught as a second language. It seeks to understand the reading patterns and interests of Grade 11s, and the role played by parents, teachers, school and public libraries in promoting a love for reading. Focus group interviews and questionnaires were used to gather data over a period of six weeks. All Grade 11 learners from eight Grahamstown secondary schools where English is taught as a second language participated. Data was analysed using Biomedical Data Programme Statistical Software (BMDP). Chi-square (X ²) tests and t-tests for proportions were used specifically to determine significant differences in the groups (i.e. gender effect, schools and language effect). The data suggest that ESL Grade 11s: 1) do have preferred reading material; 2) have preferred authors; 3) have a preferred language they read in; and 4) read for information. Limited access to reading material affects their reading patterns and ability.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Reading, English teaching, Foreign speakers
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2370
Deposited By: Mrs Carol Perold
Deposited On:16 Jan 2012 07:22
Last Modified:16 Jan 2012 07:22
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