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The Effects of Applying Literature Circles on English Reading Ability and Interest for Students in a Senior High School
English Reading Instruction
The study analyzes the case of cooperative teaching in Danfeng Senior High School in New Taipei City. The intention of this paper is to explores the learning method of literature circles group discussion in the teaching of " Self-directed Learning of English Reading" course. The purpose of the study is to analyze whether the literature circles group discussion can effectively improve the English reading ability and the interest of senior high school students in English extracurricular reading, so as to assist senior high school students to establish a self-directed learning mode of English reading. This study adopts a pre-experimental research method of single-group pre-test and post-test design. Two semesters of literature circles group discussion are used to guide the subjects, and the difference between the test scores and the scale before and after the test is used to understand whether the literature circles group discussion can be improved senior high school students’ English reading ability and interest in reading English books. Interviews are also conducted at the end of each semester to further explore students’ opinions and suggestions on the use of literature circles group discussions in English reading. The results of the study were that: (1) It is not easy to see the results of learning in a short period of time for the discussion method in the literature circles. (2) Students think that the discussion method in the literature circles can reduce to look up dictionary, but the results of the pre-test and post-test comparison of the reading strategy are not significant differences. (3) Students believe that discussion in the literature circles can promote a sense of accomplishment and reading interest, and the results of the pre-test and post-test comparison show that there are significant difference between the reading achievement sense and the reading experience sharing. (4) Most students hold positive views that the way of discussion in literature circles can improve English reading ability and reading interest.
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