Developing the non-fiction reading skill of first-year Arts students at Silpakorn University via online English lessons by Moodle program

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Siwaporn Suvarnamani

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The two purposes of this experimental research were to: 1. compare students’ English non-fiction reading abilities before and after being exposed to the online lessons and 2. examine students’ opinions and attitude towards using online learning media to develop their English skills. The randomly-selected sample in this study was 98 first year Arts students at Silpakorn University in the academic year 2017. The research instruments were: the online lessons accessed via the Moodle program; the English non-fiction reading pretests and the English non-fiction reading posttests; the profile questionnaires used to collect students’ personal data; the post questionnaires used to collect students’ opinions and attitude; and interview forms. The data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, and dependent t-test. The results of this research were as follows: firstly, the students’ English reading abilities after using the online lessons were significantly higher than those before using the materials at the 0.05 level. Secondly, the students’ opinions towards learning English via online learning media were highly positive. Finally, most students thought that an integration of the traditional in-class lecture method and the application of multimedia to teaching would be the most suitable teaching and learning style for the new generation learners. This is because they like interesting teaching materials and tools which will allow them to acquire knowledge at any places or any time. Based on these findings, it is suggested that the blended learning style potentially serves the learners’ needs well.

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