Rawian, Rafizah Mohd
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A Disclosure of Reading Rate and Its Effect on Comprehension in Second Language Learning Context Rawian, Rafizah Mohd; Mokhtar, Ahmad Azman; Yahaya, Mohamad Fadhili
JEES (Journal of English Educators Society) Vol 3, No 1 (2018): April
Publisher : Universitas Muhammadiyah Sidoarjo

Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | DOI: 10.21070/jees.v3i1.1274

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In reading, it is vital for readers to develop decoding to the extent where each word is recognized automatically. Once this happens, they will have the necessary attention to focus on the sense or meaning of the text. This study investigated adult ESL learners’ reading rate and its relationship with comprehension. This study also examined possible differences in the reading rate in terms of gender and academic semester. Its respondents were 210 Diploma students from one of the universities in Malaysia. Data were collected through Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) Assessment and Reading Comprehension Test. Jameson’s (2005) Reading Rate Formula and Levels of Reading Rate for College Readers were used to examine respondents’ reading rate. All data were coded and computer-scored using the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) programme. This study revealed that 106 respondents were Excellent College Readers while the rest ranged from Strong College Readers to Good General Readers. It was also discovered that females performed better than males in reading rate and Semester 3 respondents’ reading rate was better than those in Semester 1. The correlation test indicated positive relationship between reading rate and comprehension.
English Learning Motivation of First-Year Students in Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Mahammed, Azilah; Rawian, Rafizah Mohd
ASIAN TEFL ASIAN TEFL, VOL 3(1), 2018
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Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | Full PDF (209.117 KB) | DOI: 10.21462/asiantefl.v1i1.48

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Studies have shown that motivation influences the learning of English as a second language (ESL) where it has not only increased students’ drive in language learning but it also influenced their language performance. However, most of the first-year students in Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) were found to have low English performance. This study thus examined UniSZA students’ motivation level in learning English and significant difference in their level of motivation in learning English in terms of gender. The sample for this study comprised of 112 first-year students of UniSZA. The data for this study were gathered through the adapted version of Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (AMTB). The findings revealed that most of the students had high level of motivation and the difference between males and females in terms of their motivation level was significant. Interestingly, females were found to be more motivated than the males. It is hoped that the findings would help English instructors in their teaching as they can plan appropriate motivational strategies for both the male and female students to enhance their potential in learning English and thus increases their English performance.
Emotional Intelligence in Classrooms Rawian, Rafizah Mohd
SALTeL Journal (Southeast Asia Language Teaching and Learning) Vol 1, No 2: July 2018
Publisher : Association of Language Teachers in Southeast Asia (ALTSA)

Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | Full PDF (179.191 KB) | DOI: 10.35307/saltel.v1i2.11

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The 21st century learning requires educators and learners to move beyond traditional academic learning. The fundamental aspects of the “Four Cs” (communication, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and collaboration) are a prerequisite for the 21st century classrooms. Learners’ emotions in classrooms are now regarded as essential. The study of emotions in classrooms is central to understand learners’ motivation and learning patterns. Nelson and Low (2003) defined emotional intelligence as a confluence of developed skills and abilities to: (1) accurately know oneself in terms of personal strengths and weaknesses; (2) establish and maintain effective and healthy relationships; (3) get along and work productively with others; and (4) deal effectively and healthily with the demands and pressures of daily living. In other words, emotional intelligence is essential to effectively manage behaviours, to navigate social situations and to make decisions. This paper discusses the significant role of emotional intelligence in classrooms as well as the effective ways to enhance learners’ emotional intelligence.
Text Readability: A Snapshot Rawian, Rafizah Mohd
SALTeL Journal (Southeast Asia Language Teaching and Learning) Vol 2, No 1: January 2019
Publisher : Association of Language Teachers in Southeast Asia (ALTSA)

Show Abstract | Download Original | Original Source | Check in Google Scholar | Full PDF (264.893 KB) | DOI: 10.35307/saltel.v2i1.21

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Selecting suitable reading materials are taxing and challenging for many English instructors. Text readability analysis can be used to automate the process of reading material selection and also the assessment of reading ability for language learners. Readability formulas have been broadly used in determining text difficulty based on learners’ grade level. Based on mathematical calculations, a readability formula examines certain features of a text in order to provide best rough approximations as an indication of difficulty. This paper reflects some aspects and issues of readability analysis.