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Evaluation of Second Language Teachers’ Awareness and Application of Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies

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This paper focuses on the evaluation of English language Teachers’ Awareness and use of Comprehension Instructional strategies in Reading comprehension pedagogy.

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Evaluation of Second Language Teachers’ Awareness and Application of Reading Comprehension Instructional Strategies

  1. 1. EZENANDU, PATRICIA. E (PhD)
  2. 2.  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 pedagogy.
  3. 3.  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.
  4. 4.  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 tasks.  Strategy simply means a deliberate action taken or performed by experienced or advanced readers to comprehend the text read.
  5. 5.  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.
  6. 6. There are different models of strategies designed to promote students’ reading comprehension skills:  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 teacher modelling).
  7. 7.  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- writing connections. 
  8. 8.  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.
  9. 9.  What is the extent of English Language Teachers’ awareness of reading comprehension instructional strategies?  To what extent do English Language teachers’ apply reading comprehension instructional strategies in teaching reading comprehension?
  10. 10.  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.
  11. 11.  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 strategies.  They equally claimed to apply these comprehension strategies in their reading instruction.
  12. 12. 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 (73.3% :3.08)  Making predictions (77.3%;3.2)
  13. 13.  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’ academic achievement  Ineffective method of teaching reading.
  14. 14.  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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  16. 16.  This is a minimally invasive test that does not require speculum examination  It detects presence of Placenta alpha microglobulin-1-biomarker in the amniotic fluid
  17. 17.  Injection of Indigo carmine dye(1ml in 9ml sterile saline) into the amniotic fluid under ultrasound guidance.  Its followed by leakage of blue colored fluid per vaginum
  18. 18.  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.  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 accordingly.
  19. 19.  Monitor for signs of clinical chorioamnionitis  Prophylactic Erythromycin  Corticosteroids(for fetal lung maturity) IM Dexamethasone 12mg 2 dose 12hourly  IV magnesium sulfate (reduce risk of severe neurologic dysfunction)  Tocolytics to prevent beginning of labor  Aim expectant management until 34weeks
  20. 20.  Monitor for signs of clinical chorioamnionitis  Clindamycin/Penicillin  Watch and wait for 24hours (60-80% of women go into labor naturally), or consider induction of labor  IOL and delivery recommended if greater than 24hours
  21. 21.  It’s a bacterial infection of the fetal membranes which can be life threatening to both mother and fetus  Signs of infection include high temperature and fever, maternal tachycardia, fetal tachycardia, foul smelling amniotic fluid, uterine tenderness.  If infection is suspected, artificial induction of labor is started at any gestational age and broad antibiotics are given  Caesarean section is considered for fetal emergencies
  22. 22.  Postpartum endometritis  Risk of caesarean delivery  Chorioamnionitis in prolonged PROM  Infection  Placenta abruptio
  23. 23.  Premature birth  Neonatal death  Respiratory distress syndrome  Neonatal sepsis  Neurologic injury  Pulmonary hypoplasia  Necrotizing enterocolitis  Cord compression
  24. 24.  PROM is defined as rupture of membranes before the onset of labor  Diagnosis is usually from maternal history and sterile speculum examination  PPROM is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality and is associated with approximately 30% of preterm deliveries  Management depends on gestational age, fetal presentation and other complicating factors
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