Promoting the Reading Comprehension of Freshmen Engineering Students through an Interactive Approach to Content-Based Materials

| January 21, 2014

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Title

Promoting the Reading Comprehension of Freshmen Engineering Students Through an Interactive Approach to Content-Based Materials

Author

Katrina Ninfa S. Morales 

University of Santo Tomas, 

Manila, Philippines 

Abstract 

One of the main concerns of reading education is to develop appropriate pedagogies that will suit the needs and promote abilities of second language learners today. Instead of promoting traditional approaches, reading should be taught in a more interactive and communicative manner. In this light, this study sought to test the effectiveness of a content-based interactive reading pedagogy to enable first year engineering students develop significant levels of reading comprehension of science texts and develop compensatory strategies to help in improving their attitude and motivation towards reading. The quasi-experimental approach was used in the study. The reading comprehension test results of the experimental group were tested against the scores of the 40 students in the control group who underwent treatment using the traditional approach to reading. In addition, a researcher-designed reading attitudinal survey was administered to both groups to describe the students‟ reading orientation and attitude towards the use of compensatory strategies in reading. The reading attitudinal survey revealed that the experimental group gave a more positive response in using compensatory strategies while reading. The results of the paired sample t-test or hypothesis testing revealed that there is no significant difference between the pre-test and post test scores of the control group. On the other hand, there is a significant difference between the pre-test and post test scores of the experimental group, which means that the interactive pedagogy was effective in developing the experimental group‟s reading comprehension of content-based materials.

Key words: Interactive Approach to Reading, compensatory strategies, attitude and motivation towards reading, content-based materials, reading orientation

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Category: 2010