Enhancing english competences in Tanzania: developing activity-oriented learning materials in poetry lessons

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dc.contributor.author Prosper, Gabrieli
dc.contributor.author Mastura, Waibu
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-25T08:10:05Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-25T08:10:05Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Prosper, G., & Mastura, S. (2017). Enhancing English competences in Tanzania: Developing activity-oriented learning materials in poetry lessons. Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, 19(3),1-14. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2278-0998
dc.identifier.other DOI: https://doi.org/10.9734/BJESBS/2017/30859
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12661/3199
dc.description Full text article. Also available at https://doi.org/10.9734/BJESBS/2017/30859 en_US
dc.description.abstract The competence-based English syllabus was introduced in Tanzania in 2005. The use of activity oriented lessons is believed to engage students’ minds actively as envisaged. A decade has passed yet no improvement in students’ performance in English language has been registered. Current studies revealed a shortage of effective learning materials especially in poetry. Moreover, the lessons’ materials of such nature appear new to teachers. This study aimed at engaging teachers and other education stakeholders in developing activity oriented lessons focusing on the poetry topic. Two questions guided the study: What are the characteristics of the Poetry lesson materials that may potentially improve English learning in Tanzania? What is the best approach to be used to provide a research driven solution in developing such materials? The action research design was adopted to develop lesson prototypes in three iterative cycles. Three English language teachers, forty two (42) Form III students at Ngong’onha secondary school, and a curriculum expert from the University of Dodoma were involved. The participants provided progressive feedbacks and appraisals for modifications and revisions of the lessons’ prototypes until the materials of the required characteristics were successively obtained. The practicability and effectiveness of the materials were obtained through interviews, questionnaires and classroom observations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SCIENCEDOMAIN international en_US
dc.subject English competences en_US
dc.subject Learning materials en_US
dc.subject Poetry lessons en_US
dc.subject Competence-based syllabus en_US
dc.subject English syllabus en_US
dc.subject English language en_US
dc.subject Students performance en_US
dc.subject Classroom observations en_US
dc.title Enhancing english competences in Tanzania: developing activity-oriented learning materials in poetry lessons en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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