Designing a blended efl unit with directed activities related to texts (darts) to foster 10th graders’ reading comprehension.
Espitia Altamiranda, Omis Johana | 2020-06-02
Reading comprehension is a receptive skill that encompasses other linguistic features such as vocabulary and grammar in which the reader understands texts by decoding and visualizing meaning. Despite the complete curriculum of the public school Liceo La Pradera regarding reading in English lessons, students of a tenth-grade course remain in traditional activities that privilege students’ learning of grammatical knowledge, usually failing to arouse them to learn to read. Hence, students’ competence in reading is limited to understanding isolated words and related grammar structures. Considering this fact, this study sought to determine the characteristics of designing a blended EFL reading unit with DARTs and News in level articles for a group of 37 tenth-graders. Data was collected through an interview, a reading diagnostic task, a questionnaire, observations, and official documents. Findings of this study described the final planning of a reading unit based on the needs analysis as well as its process of creation. This study suggests that the effect of the application of such unit might vary according to the context is implemented.