Enhancing Reading Ability through Vocabulary Learning and Reading Satisfaction of Grade Eight Thai Rural Students with Self- Made Stories of Virtue and Morality

Abstract

Reading is the English language skill most emphasized in all Thai educational levels. Therefore, Thai learners of English’s reading ability is highly expected, despite the fact that most of them still lack this ability and need to be enhanced (Chawwang, 2008). Thus, to solve this problem, this study implemented “Self-Made Stories of Virtue and Morality” emphasizing fundamental vocabulary for lower secondary students based on Thai National English Core Curriculum with these objectives: 1) to develop reading ability of grade eight rural students 2), to enhance their vocabulary learning, 3) to improve their satisfaction in learning new vocabulary through reading these selected stories. 36 students were purposively selected as the study samples at Ban Chumsang School, Office of Buriram Primary Educational Area Services 4, Office of the Basic Education Commission, Ministry of Education, Thailand. The research tools were pre/post tests, questionnaires, behavioral observation protocol and the lesson plans with exercises and learning achievement tests. They were tried out twice in the similar groups of students in two relevant schools nearby. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected and presented in term of t-test (Dependent Sample), percentage and descriptive narration respectively. The major findings showed that although both of students’ vocabulary learning and their reading ability were averagely enhanced, they were significantly satisfied with learning new vocabulary through reading selected English Stories of Virtue and Morality. This clearly reflects that selected stories for creating satisfaction on English reading helps improve vocabulary learning and language acquisition (Loukia: 2006, Zugel: 2012). Keywords: Reading ability, Reading satisfaction, Vocabulary learning, Self-Made Stories of Virtue and Morality



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Praneet Churam, Ban Chumsaeng School, Thailand

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Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Language education

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