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Title: The Effect of a Computerized Program on Developing Palestinian Ninth Graders' Reading Comprehension Skills and their Attitudes towards Reading
Other Titles: أثر برنامج محوسب على تحسين القراءة الفاهمة لدى طلاب الصف التاسع الأساسي في مبحث اللغة الإنجليزية واتجاهاتهم نحو القراءة في فلسطين
Authors: Awad, Keshta
Alaa, Udaini
Keywords: Computerized
Issue Date: 15-Mar-2012
Publisher: University of Palestine, Majallat Jamiat Filastin lil-Abḥath
Abstract: Reading is the most important skill which is firstly recommended by the Holy Qur'an as it is cited in Surah Al 'Alaq (96:597): Proclaim! ( or Read !) in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher , Who created- (1) Created man , out of a ( mere ) clot of congealed blood (2) proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful , (3) He Who taught ( the use of ) the pen , (4)Taught man that which he knew not (5). Clearly, reading is a pivotal skill for students which enables them to acquire knowledge and develop their academic areas. The essential goal of teaching reading is to train students to read efficiently and quickly so as to get information and meaning from the written material rapidly with full understanding and enjoyment. Reading is considered as an additional tool of communication to listening and speaking. People who have no chance to talk with native speakers of the target language can have an access through reading to their literature, journals, and then understand much about their civilization. In this sense, reading is the window through which other cultures can be seen and more general or specific knowledge can be gained. (Kailani and Muqattash, 2008:85) Unsurprisingly, the English Language Curriculum committee in the Palestinian Ministry of Education (1999) concludes that reading comprehension is the most important skill taught in school and the ability to read accurately and fluently is the most important need for the Palestinian student. The students will be trained for: (1) Information and understanding: collecting data, facts, or ideas; discovering relationships, concepts, or generalizations; and using knowledge generated from text, (2) Aesthetic Response: enjoy and appreciate texts, relate texts to oneself, and respond sensitively to texts with diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions. (3) Critical Analysis and Evaluation: Use personal and objective criteria to form opinions or to make judgments about ideas and information in written texts. Obviously, reading comprehension enables students to communicate effectively and appropriately with the written text, and then obtain an education.
ISSN: 2410-874X
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