The Impact of Drama Instruction on EFL Omani Fifth Graders’ Read-ing Comprehension

Ruqaya Al Rabeei, Salma Al-Humaidi, Saleh Al-Busaidi

Abstract


Drama instruction is one of the methods recommended in EFL literature. This study aimed to investigate the impact of drama instruction on EFL fifth graders’ reading comprehension. It also explored the students’ and the teacher’s perceptions of the use of drama in reading lessons. A total of 74 randomly selected students participated in the study and formed the control group and the experimental group. The study followed the mixed quasi-experimental design. A pre- and posttest reading test was administered to examine the impact of drama on reading comprehension. A questionnaire was implemented to explore students’ perceptions of drama. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted to probe students’ and teacher’s perceptions of drama. The results were quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed. They showed no significant difference in reading comprehension between the control group and the experimental group. However, the experimental group performed better in the posttest than the control group although their mean scores in the pretest were lower. The participant teacher and students responded positively towards the use of drama in reading lessons. They reported that drama activities were exciting and made them love reading.

Keywords


Drama instruction, drama activities, Omani fifth graders, reading comprehension.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24200/jeps.vol13iss4pp674-686

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