An Evaluation of the Design and Implementation of Reading Exercises of Grade Nine English Textbook

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the design and implementation of reading exercises of grade nine English textbook. The study was conducted at Mankusa General Secondary School. Descriptive case study method was used to carry out the study. The main subjects of the study were grade nine English textbook reading exercises. For case illustration of the study, one hundred students and three classroom teachers were participated in the study. These students were selected through stratified random sampling technique, whereas the teachers were included in the sludy with the intention of observing their reading lessons. To gather valid and reliable data, evaluative checklist and classroom observations were used as major data gathering tools. Other tools-students ' questionnaire and teachers ' interview- were used to get the data that could not be addressed by major tools. The collected data were analyzed and discussed together under themes. The finding of the study revealed that the pre-reading exercises of the units of analyses were designed appropriately. Nevertheless, the practice of pre-reading exercises was hardly implemented. The majority of the exercises (questiom) in during reading were devoted to ask what students understood ji-om what they read. A few of them were designed (scanning and guessing word meanings through context clues) in a way students understood a piece of information ji-om the passage. Exercises after reading were almost none. Even the strategy of summarization appeared once in the units of analyses. Again, the study disclosed that teachers implemented exercises against the contemporary orientation of the teaching and learning of second language reading. Finally, exercises should be redesigned in a way that cultivates students more in strategies/skills they apply them in tomorrow's readings and teachers should be acquitted with contemporary nature of reading and its teaching were the major recommendations made.



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