Reading as a Method of Language Learning among L2/First Additional Language Learners: The Case of English in one High School in Alice

John Wankah Foncha

Abstract


Reading is considered as one of the most critical skills for learners to succeed in their academic pursuits. In view of this, this study attempts to find various strategies to inculcate the reading culture in learners. Methodologically, the study is premised within the community engagement project of the researcher through observation and informal interviews. The study shows that reading is a serious problem among learners partly because of the high illiteracy rate and partially because of the use of First Additional Language as the language of teaching and learning. The study used critical Discourse Analysis within interpretivism to bring out the perspectives of the researcher on how reading could be made exciting among the learners. The findings showed that there is need for parents, teachers and the community at large to motivate reading among learners for they say charity begins from home. Furthermore, it was suggested that once an interest in reading is developed and the learners have a positive attitude towards reading, then it can become a culture among them. The study concludes that reading needs to be taught as social practice so as to reduce the level of anxiety among the learners.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n27p675


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Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences ISSN 2039-9340(Print) ISSN 2039-2117(Online)

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