DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH UNIVERSITY OF RAJSHAHI
AN EVALUATION OF THE TEACHING OF READING SKILLS OF ENGLISH IN BANGLADESH A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MA in English by
Md. Hamidur Rahman
Roll No. 042069 2004
Dr. M. Shahidullah
Department of English University of Rajshahi
At first I would like to express my gratitude to the Almighty Whose mercy enabled me to complete this thesis successfully. I am deeply indebted to Professor Dr. M. Shahidullah, an inspirational teacher of the Department of English, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi for his friendly guidance and assistance at all stages of this dissertation. I would like to acknowledge humbly that his constant guidance inspired me all through the study. Without his help and careful guidance this thesis would not have been possible. I would also like to express my sincerest gratitude to Professor Jahurul Islam, the Chairman of the Department of English, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi for his every possible help during the entire period of the work. At the same time I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the respected teachers of the department for their valuable input. I would like to express special thanks to Sanjida Islam, Sadia Islam and their family for their constant help, mental support and encouragement. I am very much thankful to Masum, Iqubal and Shohel for their help in various stages of the research. I am also very grateful to the students and the honourable teachers of various government and non-government colleges for their co-operation. My heartfelt thanks go to all those persons who assisted me in various ways from time to time to complete the work successfully.
This study investigates an important area of English language teaching and learning. It examines the present situation of teaching reading skills of English, the problems students encounter during reading an English text and the learners’ proficiency level of reading skills when they are at the H.S.C level in Bangladesh. It also examines the reading syllabus and reading materials used at the intermediate level. The study discusses the recent developments in reading pedagogy. It also presents an evaluation of teaching the different sub-skills of reading and then through an empirical study examines whether both higher and lower order sub-skills are covered in the reading syllabus, and taught properly in the country. The empirical investigation examines whether the modern methods of reading pedagogy are used in teaching reading in Bangladesh. The methods for empirical investigation in the study include students’ and teachers’ questionnaire survey, students and teachers’ interview, classroom observation and administering reading tests. Reading components of the syllabus and the reading materials are also evaluated. The thesis consists of 5 chapters: Chapter 1 introduces and establishes the topic focus, outlines the objectives, highlights the problems in the field of study and discusses the significance of the study. It also outlines research methodology briefly, and defines the key terminology used in the study. Chapter 2 describes theoretical development in reading pedagogy which includes the definition of reading, purposes of reading, techniques of and approaches to teaching reading in the class. It discusses in detail the sub-skills of reading and the problems students face while reading. It has also points out how to select an appropriate text for reading classes or for an appropriate purpose. Chapter 3 briefly discusses the methods usually used in ELT research of this type, and the methods used in the present study. It discusses the instruments used for
questionnaire survey, interview, classroom observation and tests of reading skills. It also presents sampling plans for each...
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