BLENDED LEARNING: A MODEL TO ENHANCE ENGAGEMENT IN READING CLASS
In academic reading classes in English Language Teaching Department,students are expected to read articles critically in their field; however, manystudents do not seem to apply much effort in reading course materials. Most ofthe students devote an insufficient amount of time and energy inreading and attend class without having read texts. It seems that there is aneed to improve reading practices in ELT Department. In order to solve theproblem, a blended learning model supported by Edmodo was incorporated. The aim of the study was to examine whetherblended learning can help enhance reading engagement and comprehension. Thecomparisons between treatment and control groups showed that blended learningallows for a collaborative learning environment. The results indicated thatstudents become more engaged with the text, spend more time to read andcomplete assignments when blended learning model supported by Edmodo is usedand in a blended learning environment, students get better comprehension scoresin their academic reading course. The study supported evidence for theeffectiveness of blended learning in an academic reading course and concludedthat collaboration provided through blended environment increases readingengagement and comprehension.
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