Improving the reading proficiency of mature students through a task-based language teaching approach

Reading & Writing

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Title Improving the reading proficiency of mature students through a task-based language teaching approach
Creator Adjei-Mensah, Susana Boakye, Naomi Y. Masenge, Andries
Subject English Language; Linguistics, Education task-based language teaching (TBLT); reading proficiency; mature students; intervention; instructional model.
Description Background: Mature age admission at universities is increasing rapidly all over the world and Ghanaian universities, both private and public, are no exception. The language proficiency of the admitted mature students, especially in reading, is often low, which affects their comprehension abilities and academic work.Objectives: The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a task-based language teaching approach to improve the reading proficiency of mature students.Method: An intervention using a designed instructional model was undertaken with a group of mature students. Control groups were included and instructed through the traditional mode. The study used a convergent parallel mixed-methods design, with pre and post-tests, interviews, and observations. The quantitative data were analysed using t-tests in combination with effect sizes, and the qualitative data were analysed through content analysis.Results: The results showed that the mature students who participated in the intervention obtained higher post-test scores than the control groups. The improvement in their reading proficiency as shown in the test results was statistically significant, with large effect sizes. The qualitative data supported the findings of the quantitative data and provided further insight into the improvement of the experimental group. For example, frequent feedback, an enabling classroom environment, motivation, and collaborative learning were some of the factors that emerged as contributors to the experimental group’s improved post-test results.Contribution: The research has been beneficial in providing an alternative teaching pedagogy for mature students.Conclusion: Based on the findings, recommendations are made for the use of an adapted task-based language teaching approach for improving the reading proficiency of mature age students.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2023-08-29
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v14i1.406
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 14, No 1 (2023); 12 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
Language eng
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Coverage — — Mature students, Male and Female
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