Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number 4 December 2021 Pp. 521 -535
Reading Difficulties in English as a Second Language in Grade Five at a Saint Patrick’s
High School for Boys, Hyderabad- India
Zena Abdulameer Mohammad
Scholarships and Cultural Relations Department
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
English Education Department, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education
IAIN Salatiga, Salatiga, Indonesia
Received: 7/9/2021 Accepted:10/3/2021 Published:12/27/2021
Reading is one of the essential components of the English language. Countries that use English as a second language (ESL) sometimes have difficulties in reading and comprehension. According to many researches, mother tongue has proved some interferences with learning a second language. This study investigated the results of reading difficulties of young second language learners in terms of accuracy, comprehension, and rate using the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability test. The study was carried out in one of the High Schools for Boys in Hyderabad, India and included Grade five, aged 10-12 years. In order to understand the reading difficulties of English as a second language, a qualitative approach was employed. Interview, reading tests, and observation were conducted as a data collection tool. The findings showed that these subjects had no specific language impairments but they had different degrees of language exposure and usage that led to poor accuracy, comprehension, and reading rate during reading English language texts. Five students (50%) were classified at a low level of readers, three (30%) at a high level, and two (20%) at a mild level after evaluation of their compatibility between their chronological and reading age. It is suggested that the teachers should first assess students who struggle in reading accuracy and comprehension and then assist them with their language learning and acquisition that take place at school and home.
Keywords: Reading difficulties, young learners, poor accuracy, Neale Analysis of Reading
Ability test, English as a Second Language
Cite as: Mohammad, Z. A., & Hasbi, M. (2021). Reading Difficulties in English as a Second Language in Grade Five at a Saint Patrick’s High School for Boys, Hyderabad- India. Arab World English Journal, 12 (4) 521 -535.
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