LITERATURE CIRCLES AND COMPREHENSION OF GRAPHIC AND NON-GRAPHIC NOVELS

Ho Lai Ying

Abstract


This study explores how literature circles work to assist ESL students in comprehending a graphic novel compared to a non-graphic novel. It also aims to investigate the effectiveness of role sheets in enhancing the students’ comprehension in literature circles. Six ESL students were selected in this study and data were gathered from field notes, observations and interviews. The findings of this study showed that the students developed in text comprehension, personal connections and interpretations. Role sheets were proved to be useful in guiding the students in literature circles. The findings also suggested that literature circles influenced the students emotionally and intellectually. In addition, literature circles also demonstrated interesting learning experience for the students to share their ideas and opinions of the graphic and non-graphic novels. Implementing literature circles in teaching graphic and non-graphic novels will not only enhance the students’ comprehension but also make learning English Language fun and interesting.


Keywords


Graphic and non-graphic novels; literature circles; comprehension

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