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ERIC Number: EJ912627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Engaging Learners' Comprehension, Interest and Motivation to Learn Literature Using the Reader's Theatre
Kabilan, Muhammad Kamarul; Kamarudin, Fadzliyati
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v9 n3 p132-159 Dec 2010
This article reports on a teacher's experiment with Reader's Theatre (RT), an interactive play reading activity with elements of reading aloud, drama and theatre, for her 20 unmotivated learners of literature in a premier school in Malaysia. Using RT, the students staged Angela Wright's "Potato People". The procedures and design of the study were built around Kolb's Model of Experimental Learning. The aim of the experiment was to discern if RT is able to enhance learners' understanding of the literary text and increase learners' interest and motivation to learn literature. The quantitative and qualitative data obtained showed that RT significantly enhanced learners' understanding and increased their interest and motivation to learn literature. The findings from this study suggest that learners are able to perceive and examine literature and the learning of literature positively and constructively if the teaching and learning of literature are aligned according to the interests of the learners and, are based on creative, flexible and learner-based pedagogical approaches. (Contains 5 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia