EXPOSING LEARNERS WITH LEARNING STRATEGIES IN STRATEGY TRAING: ONE OF THE WAYS FOR IMPROVING THEIR STUDY SKILL
Recognizing our own learning strategies is an effective way to help ourselves to self evaluate for what we have done in our own learning. One among other factors leading to a successful learning is due to the effective learning strategies. However, not all learners are aware of what they have been doing in learning, or they even sometimes do not know how to learn. If this is the problem, learning strategy training can be very beneficial for the learners with this problem. Why should be through strategy training? The answer might lie on the fact that strategy is quite amenable to change, and by nature, teachable as well as learneable (Oxford, 1990). In addition, Nuswantara (2008) also found out that the successful learners (i.e. in learning English) were triggered by the courage of using various learning strategies, the more varied the learners are willing to try out, the broader the chance for success. Training is the way that can be selected to present to the learners’ various strategies that they can choose and at the same time employ when learning is taken place. Moreover, by means of training, learners are made aware of the strategy, and they can mend their own strategy, as a result, they become more self - directed rather than dependent.
This article attempts to frame out from the perspective of how to bring reading strategies that are applicable for handling various reading content texts to the learners, and present the result of a one-group experimental study. Thus, training is prepared for college learners who are inevitably deal with various English content textbooks and the final aim of the training is to improve learners’ study skills. Then, one group experimental study using correlated sample provides some evidences supporting the effectiveness of the training.
Specifying on reading strategies, SQ3R that is joined with other learning strategies involving writing activity, annotating a text and paraphrasing/summarizing is exposed to the learners. The effectiveness is assessed by means of reading comprehension test that assesses the ability of the learners to perceive information from a text they read. One group experimental study is aimed to measure the effectiveness of the treatment. Finally, the end product of the study is to give a support to the idea of strategy training for improving the quality of how to learn.
Annolighting A Text. (2008). Retrieved March 1, 2009, from http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ela/6-12/Reading/text.htm
Annotating A Text. (2008). Retrieved March 1, 2009, from http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/instruction/ela/6-12/Reading/text.htm
Milan, D.K. 1988. Improving Reading Skills. New York: Random House,Inc.
Nuswantara, K. 2008. Portraying The Ways of Two Successful Learners of English Viewed from their Learning Styles and Strategy. Malang: Unpublished Dessertation.
Oxford, R.L. 1990. Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know. Boston:Heinle &Heinle Publishers.
Porter-O’Donnell, C. Beyond the yellow highlighter: “eaching annotation skills to improve reading comprehension” English Journal, 93 (5), 82-90.
- There are currently no refbacks.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.