Vol 2 Chapter 7 of Gynaecology and Obstetrics CD-ROM by Brian M. Mercer
Evaluation of Second Language Teachers’ Awareness and Application of Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies
EZENANDU, PATRICIA. E (PhD)
Reading is an important skill in the acquisition of lifelong
learning needed to achieve sustainable development.
Quality and accessible education remains the only way
to achieve sustainable development.
In the past few years, part of the objectives of the
MDGs was to retrain teachers for quality education.
Today, attention has shifted to SDGs, with focus on
evaluating how far the MDGs initiative has fared.
Hence, this paper focuses on the evaluation of English
language Teachers’ Awareness and use of
Comprehension Instructional strategies in Reading
Comprehension is not just about the end product but
most importantly, it is about the process involved in the
reading act (Fountas and Pinnel, 1996; 156)
Ability to comprehend requires the application of all the
elements of the reading process to create meaning from
what is read; the core essence of reading is to derive
meaning from the text.
Reading therefore goes beyond merely knowing how to
read; readers should derive meaning from what is read,
utilize such to solve personal or group problems for
sustainable development to be achieved.
Available research has consistently shown that students’
poor performance in reading comprehension is
attributed to poor pedagogical practices among teachers.
Exposing learners to explicit instruction in reading
comprehension strategies is part of this pedagogical
practices required of teachers ,even as students learn
subject-specific content through authentic reading
Strategy simply means a deliberate action taken or
performed by experienced or advanced readers to
comprehend the text read.
A strategic reader automatically and routinely
applies combines effective and appropriate
strategies depending on reading goals; reading tasks
and strategic processing abilities.
The strategic reader is aware of his or her
comprehension effectiveness in relation to reading
goals and applies a set of strategies appropriately to
enhance the comprehension of difficult tasks.
There are different models of strategies designed
to promote students’ reading comprehension
Reciprocal Teaching (Palinscar and Brown, 1984);
(questioning, clarifying, summarizing, predicting,
direct teaching and teacher modelling)
Concept-oriented Reading Instruction (Guthrie,
2003; Guthrie, Anderson, Alao & Rinehart, 1999)
(activating background knowledge, questioning,
summarising, organising information graphically
and structuring stories, guided practice and
Transactional Strategy Instruction (Pressley, 1998)
(predictions, activating prior knowledge, asking questions,
making clarification, visualisation, summarising, thinking
aloud, making connections, direct teaching, teacher modelling)
Intensive Reading Process (Hedgcock & Ferris 2009)
surveying the text, making predictions, asking questions,
introducing key vocabulary; to confirm or reject the prediction;
summarising and responding, thinking critically, and reading-
There are 3 phases to the application of these
strategies: pre, during and post reading phases.
Research has shown that the more complex the text
becomes, the more strategic readers activate their
repertoire of strategies and implement them.
Readers who use strategies comprehend texts better
than those who do not (Abidin, 2012:197).
However, it is not very explicit whether teachers and
students apply them to help bridge the gap between
reading ability and level of text comprehension,
especially in Nigerian schools.
What is the extent of English Language Teachers’
awareness of reading comprehension instructional
To what extent do English Language teachers’ apply
reading comprehension instructional strategies in
teaching reading comprehension?
The study adopted the structured survey questionnaire
designed to elicit information on English language
teachers’ level of awareness and application of reading
comprehension instructional strategies in reading
comprehension lessons in secondary schools.
Purposive sampling technique was used to select 25
secondary schools from Abeokuta metropolis( Public
and Private); and to select 75 teachers across the schools
depending on the number of teachers in each school.
The findings were contrary to expectations. It
was surprising to find that:
An Average of 80% of the teachers surveyed were
aware of reading comprehension instructional
They equally claimed to apply these comprehension
strategies in their reading instruction.
Most Specially, it was found that these strategies
were popular among the teachers:
Activation of background knowledge (86.7%) with
a mean value of 3.44.
Getting meaning from context, 86.7% (3.43),
Previewing the text (76%; 3.12);
Connecting reading to creative writing activities
Making predictions (77.3%;3.2)
Therefore, it is concluded that:
Teachers cannot give what they do not have. They
need to be well grounded themselves in the
knowledge and use of these strategies if they are to
transfer them to their students.
Reading ineffectiveness include: lack of proper
teacher training, lack of exposure to comprehension
strategies instruction, lack of adequate research base
on the effect of strategy instruction on and learners’
Ineffective method of teaching reading.
Teachers in training should be constantly exposed to
reading strategy instruction.
More attention should be given to a more robust reading
programme in primary and secondary schools.
Adequate grade level reading resources should be
developed and made available to learners accordingly.
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Injection of Indigo carmine dye(1ml in 9ml
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Teachers in training should be constantly
exposed to reading strategy instruction.
More attention should be given to a more
robust reading programme in primary and
The reading curriculum should be expanded
into a full course of study in the Colleges of
Education and the Universities.
Adequate grade level reading resources should
be developed and made available to learners
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