raising adolescent reading achievement: the use of sub-titled popular movies and high interest literacy activities

Davey, Ronnie; Parkhill, Faye
October 2012
English in Aotearoa;Oct2012, Issue 78, p61
Research in the area of adolescent literacy often highlights the connection between achievement and student engagement. This study suggests, particularly for students with low achievement in literacy, that combination of reading subtitles to increase reading mileage, accompanied by strategically targeted and collaborative language activities has the potential to lift achievement in traditional reading and writing tasks using printed material. The Audiovisual Achievement in Literacy Language and learning (AVAILLL) programme took place in five secondary schools over an intensive six week time period. Results from 186 secondary students aged 13-16, with low achievement in literacy, indicated very significant gains in both comprehension and vocabulary. This study also contributes to the growing research about ways to promote reading and engagement and achievement in adolescent reading.


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