JENNY MOSIKON (UITM SABAH)

USING LITERATURE CIRCLES IN LISTENING COMPREHENSION TASK : LANGUAGE LEARNING

This paper aims to to ascertain second language (L2) students’ perceptions on the use of Literature Circles (LCs) for a listening comprehension task and to determine whether LCs can improve comprehension. First year diploma students from a public university in Malaysia participated in this study. They were required to listen to short stories (literature works) and write out their responses based on questions about the stories. LCs were introduced to assist students to comprehend the stories. The findings obtained via qualitative and quantitative instruments suggest that LCs increase students’ abilities to interpret and critically evaluate the stories as well as enhance their engagement in meaningful discussions. Overall the study offers some insights to educators and researchers into another dimension of teaching and learning of literary texts. Jenny Mosikon, Delia L. Olaybal, Alice Wong & Octavia Willibroord

Jenny Mosikon is a senior lecturer at a Public University in Malaysia with more than 15 years of teaching experiences. Her interest is on assessment and Task Based Language teaching. She firmly believes that if given platforms to use the target language, second language learners would be motivated to use the target language.