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|Title||The Effect of a Computerized Program on Developing 9th Graders' Reading Comprehension Skills and their Attitudes towards Reading in Palestine|
This study aimed at investigating the effect of a computerized program on developing ninth graders' reading comprehension skills and students' attitudes towards reading. The targeted reading comprehension skills were prediction, skimming, scanning, recognizing synonyms and antonyms, deducing meaning from context and relating the text to personal experience, opinion or evaluation. The researcher purposively chose a representative sample of (60) ninth graders from Deir Al Balah Preparatory "B" Boys' school which is run by UNRWA in the Gaza Strip. The participants were divided into two equivalent groups: each group had (30) students. The researcher used four tools: 1) a questionnaire for teachers to determine the most important reading comprehension skills for ninth graders, 2) an achievement test (Pre & Post), 3) the suggested computerized program for the reading texts included in the second-term of English for Palestine 9, and 4) an attitude scale (pre & post) to determine the students' attitudes towards reading. The results of the study revealed that the computerized program was effective to develop the reading comprehension skills for ninth graders. In addition, the study findings confirmed that the technological environment develops and enhances the students' attitudes towards learning in general and towards reading via computers in particular. In the light of these results, the researcher recommends that EFL Palestinian teachers should use computers as a tool of enhancing students' reading comprehension and developing their attitudes towards not only reading but also learning.
|Publisher||the islamic university|
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