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Appropriateness of poetries and poetries based activities in promoting students’ reading skills in EFL classrooms: focusing on grade 12 English textbook for Ethiopia

Author Affiliations

  • 1Mettu University Bedele College of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of English Language and Literature, Ethiopia

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 7, Issue (5), Pages 21-33, May,14 (2018)


This paper attempts to analyze the appropriateness of the poems and poem based exercises used for teaching reading in EFL classroom. The evaluation basically based on the extent to which the poems suit to the learners' real-life experiences, interest, literature awareness, and English language competency. Employing the techniques of mixed research approach, qualitative and quantitative data were gathered. From the total 304 grade twelve students,76 students and two grade twelve English language teachers were selected through SRS and Purposeful Sampling Technique respectively. Textbook analysis and semi-structured questionnaires are the tools which were used for collecting all the need data. First grade twelve students' English language textbook particularly the poem based teaching reading lessons were analyzed and then distributing semi-structured questionnaires to the participants of the study adequate data were collected. The results obtained from the textbook analysis and the questionnaires indicate that there is mismatch between the teaching of reading via the use of poems and the learners' literature awareness and English language competency.


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