Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(10), pp. 671 - 679
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031003
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Will Aesthetics English Comic Books Make Junior High School Students Fall in Love with English Reading?


Chou Mei-Ju 1,*, Hsu Yung-Hung 2, Chen Ching-Chi 2
1 Early Childhood Education & Center for Teacher Education, National Pingtung University, Taiwan
2 Department of English, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan

ABSTRACT

The present study aims to investigate the effects of Aesthetics English comic books on EFL junior high school students' vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and English learning motivation. The participants in this study were 28 eighth graders from one class in a public junior high school in Pingtung in Taiwan. After ten weeks instruction of comic books, students take two tests and a post-study questionnaire. Based upon the quantitative and qualitative data analysis, the findings of the present study are summarized as follows. First of all, all of them significantly improved their amount of vocabulary after the comic-book reading program (CBRP). As for the contrast between the HG and the LG, the former outperformed the latter and the result reached a significant difference. Second, based on their scores from the reading pretest to the post-test, all of them enhanced their reading comprehension ability posterior to the CBRP and the result reached a significant difference. Third, according to the analysis of the questionnaires, up to 86% of them think it is a good way to apply English comic books to English instruction; about 79% of them agreed that they like to read English comic books better than before. On the basis of the study findings, the comic book-reading program can indeed enhance students' vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension as well as their learning motivation.

KEYWORDS
Aesthetics, English Comic Books, Vocabulary Acquisition, Reading Comprehension, Learning Motivation

Cite this paper
Chou Mei-Ju , Hsu Yung-Hung , Chen Ching-Chi . "Will Aesthetics English Comic Books Make Junior High School Students Fall in Love with English Reading?." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.10 (2015) 671 - 679. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031003.