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The use of Extensive Reading in the Teaching and Learning of English in Primary Schools in Nyakach District

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dc.contributor.author Kennedy Indembukhani
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-14T05:50:50Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-14T05:50:50Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.maseno.ac.ke/handle/123456789/3413
dc.description.abstract The main purpose of this study was to investigate the use of extensive reading in the teaching and learning of English in primary schools in Nyakach district. The study aimed to achieve the following objectives: to establish the availability of extensive reading resources in teaching and learning of English in primary schools in Nyakach district; to examine how extensive reading is used in the teaching of English in primary schools in Nyakach district; to establish how pupils are motivated into extensive reading; to find out the challenges of using extensive reading in primary schools in Nyakach district. The study was guided by Stephen Krashen's input hypothesis which states that use of extensive reading offers language input to second language learning. A descriptive survey research design was adopted. The study population included three thousand six hundred and forty (3640) class 7 pupils and one hundred and forty-four (144) class 7 teachers of English in primary schools in Nyakach district. The sample size comprised of forty-five (45) teachers of English and three hundred and fifty-one (351) class 7 pupils. Simple random sampling was used to select primary schools that participated in the study; systematic sampling was then used to select class seven pupils who participated in the study. Teachers of English who also teach class 7 were purposively selected and simple random sampling was used to select a teacher from each participating school. The study used questionnaires, interview schedule and observation schedule to collect data. The instruments were pre-tested to establish their reliability and validity. The results were analyzedusing descriptive statistics which were presented in percentages, pie charts, bar graphsand tables. The study found out that most primary schools in Nyakach district do not adequately use extensive reading in teaching and learning of English. Most primary schoolsdo not have regular programs for extensive reading, consequently pupils do not readextensively either at home or at school, the teachers do not explain to the pupils the importance of extensive reading. Likewise most of the teachers do not use extensive readingin teaching the four skills; most schools use individualized reading scheme with a bias to silent reading. The study also established that pupils were not adequately motivated to read extensively. In addition, primary schools face numerous challenges in using extensive reading. These include: lack of extensive reading resources, heavy work load, time constraint and attitude. In light of the findings the study recommended that Ministry of Education should timetable library lessons; sensitize primary school teachers on importance of extensive reading; school administration should establish libraries; purchases more extensive reading materials; and develop a variety of extensive reading materials. Parents should provide the pupils with extensive reading resources at home. Pupils should be encouraged to read extensively and also be trained to plan their time so that extensive reading is included in their schedule en_US
dc.publisher Kennedy Indembukhani en_US
dc.title The use of Extensive Reading in the Teaching and Learning of English in Primary Schools in Nyakach District en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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