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Potential of reading aloud for elementary school education in Malaysia

Awang, Zubaidah (2003) Potential of reading aloud for elementary school education in Malaysia. In: English Language Teaching and Literacy: Research and Reflections. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press.

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Abstract

The teaching of English in Malaysia has become more challenging in the 21'st century. Issues such as the declining proficiency of students as measured in national examinations are lamented on by society every time the results are announced. Questions are asked, sugesstions made but the practice of teaching English in school remains the same. This paper proposes modifications to a common method of teaching used in schools where students are asked to read text from the school textbook orally either individually or in a group. While teachers may have set objectives for this activity, the question that can be asked is how valuable is this activity toward the development of the students' language ability? This paper presents a different definition of reading aloud. Based on this definition and a qualitative study that was done, teachers are provided with a new perspective on how this method can be incorporated into their daily teaching. The paper ends with a discussion of the influences that reading aloud has on the language development of non-native English speaking elementary school children.

Item Type:Book Section
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions:Education
ID Code:25792
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:12 Jun 2012 06:30
Last Modified:25 Jun 2012 07:33

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