The potential of using visual AIDS in reading literary Texts

Dexter Sigan John, Melor Md Yunus

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Abstract

Literature is a vital component in second language courses as it supports language development and cultural enrichment. Thus, the literature component has been incorporated in the Malaysian English Language Curriculum. However, the loss of reading interest in literary texts among students causes worry to everyone. This study aims to explore the potential of using visual aids such as videos, pictures, films and projectors in motivating students to read literary texts. A mixed-method approach was used to collect the relevant data. 52 English Language teachers from seven rural national secondary schools in Kapit, Sarawak were involved in this study and five of them were interviewed to get an in-depth perception. The findings indicated that majority of the teachers demonstrated positive attitude on the use of visual aids. It was also proven to increase students' reading interest, comprehension of the texts and aids in identification of literary elements and devices. This shows that visual aids are effective in motivating students to read literary texts. These findings are in line with the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025, which emphasises and maximises the transformative potential of ICT in education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalAsian EFL Journal
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • ICT
  • Literary texts
  • Motivation
  • Reading
  • Visual AIDS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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The potential of using visual AIDS in reading literary Texts. / John, Dexter Sigan; Md Yunus, Melor.

In: Asian EFL Journal, Vol. 2, 01.12.2016, p. 34-45.

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