Title

Developing students' English reading skills by developing teachers' teaching skills through action research

Date of Award

8-1-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Education (M. Ed.)

Department

Institute for Educational Development, Karachi

Abstract

The importance of reading skills for a child's success cannot be emphasized enough. Effective reading skills give people the opportunity to learn new information about the world; reading opens doors to factual information about any subject. It is an important skill that needs to be developed in children. The purpose of this study was to develop students' English reading skills by developing teachers' teaching skills in a government school in Karachi. A small scale action research study was carried out in a government lower secondary school in Karachi, Pakistan. Different data collection tools were used, such as reflective journals, document analysis, observations; interviews, discussions, and an audio tape-recorder were used to collect data at pre-intervention, intervention and post intervention stages of this study. The major findings of this study indicate that changes in the teacher's teaching practices, in the teacher's perception and in the progression in students' reading skills can be brought by facilitating the teachers in using an integrative approach. It was noted that teaching reading by integrating speaking, listening and writing is helpful in developing students' reading skills. It was also observed that students learn best when they are provided opportunities to learn on their own. This action research was helpful in creating awareness amongst English language teachers to develop students' reading skills by implementing an integrative approach of teaching in classroom practices.

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