Reading as a Tool for Enhancing English Second Language Learning of Ordinary Level Learners in Namibian Secondary Schools

Authors

  • Sylvia Ithindi The International University of Management
  • Dr Engelbrecht University of Pretoria,University of Pretoria
  • Dr de Jager University of Pretoria,University of Pretoria ,university of Pretoria

Keywords:

English as a second language, Ordinary Level, Namibia, reading, reading materials

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of reading towards English as Second Language learning at Ordinary Level in Namibian senior secondary schools. A qualitative methodology was used for the study, carried out through a case study investigation, which involved secondary school teachers and learners who were randomly selected. Data were collected using an open-ended questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis yielded key themes on the role of reading in ESL, namely; reading experience and the use of textbooks to enhance reading. The findings indicate that reading is not developed as a culture for the majority of OL learners. As is the case with Higher Level, there are no prescribed reading materials for OL. The researchers argue that Namibians have not yet adopted reading as part of their culture, ultimately contributing immensely to the high failure rate of learners. The study recommends that concerted efforts need to be made to instill the love of reading in OL learners for them to reach the same level as HL learners.

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Author Biographies

Sylvia Ithindi, The International University of Management

Dr Sylvia Ithindi is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the International University of Management, Namibia.  She holds a PHD-Humanities Education from the University of Pretoria.  Her main research interests include students' reading habits, language teaching approaches, and the usage of multiliteracies pedagogy.

Dr Engelbrecht , University of Pretoria,University of Pretoria

Dr. Alta Engelbrecht is a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria. She is the postgraduate coordinator of the Department of Humanities Education. She holds a PhD in Curriculum studies. Dr. Engelbrecht mainly researches in the field of textbooks, stereotyping and language methodology; she also has interests in teacher/learner interaction and its long-term effects.

Dr de Jager, University of Pretoria,University of Pretoria ,university of Pretoria

Dr Lizette de Jager is a senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria. She holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instructional Design and Development on misunderstandings in instructional communication. Her research interests and publications are in the field of English education, applied language studies; plurilingualism, multilingualism, and translanguaging. She is a keen supporter of technology integration in the classroom and currently leads a research team on sourcing and evaluating Apps for language teaching.

Published

2022-03-28

How to Cite

Ithindi, S., Engelbrecht , D. A. ., & de Jager , D. L. . (2022). Reading as a Tool for Enhancing English Second Language Learning of Ordinary Level Learners in Namibian Secondary Schools. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 4(1), 249–259. Retrieved from https://ijlls.org/index.php/ijlls/article/view/834