International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Voluntary Reading to Improve Students’ Language Awareness
A case study geared to enhance undergraduate students language awareness and communicative competence through autonomous reading at the Faculty of Science and Arts-Khulais
Dr. Mahmoud Ali Ahmed

This paper investigates the effect of reading simplified English literature books in improving undergraduate students language awareness, and enhancing their communicative competence. The College of Science and Arts in Khulais town, which is an affiliate of King Abdul Aziz University is launching a challenging program in to hoist the level of languages Arabic in General and English in particular. The practical end of the investigation is to provide information to policy makers, curriculum developers, educators, teachers and parents. Allowing students freedom of choice as to the type of simplified books they might opt for, the researcher seeks to note down the gradual change and improvement on the part of the students. This kind of reading is mainly done for pleasure, and hence reflects personal choice and strengthens the sense of independence. Therefore, its effect is expected to be greater compared with formal reading done in classroom settings under the direct supervision of the tutor.

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