Literature-Based reading material for EFL students: a case of Indonesian Islamic University
Dedi Irwansyah – Burhan Nurgiyantoro – Sugirin
This study presents an overview of literature-based reading materials for students of English as a foreign language (EFL) at Islamic universities in Indonesia. It includes an assessment of the materials by experts in the field, EFL practitioners at Islamic universities, and students of the English department. The developed materials describe the aims, objectives, methodology, topics, tasks, sequence, worksheet, and assessment procedure. The assessment of the materials is conducted qualitatively, through questionnaire and interview, and quantitatively through an experimental design. The purposes of this study are: (1) to develop literature-based reading materials for EFL students, (2) to investigate whether the developed materials are acceptable according to the experts' and practitioners' assessment, and (3) to investigate whether the materials are effective for the students. Findings indicate that the materials are well-rated by the experts and the practitioners particularly related to such aspects as text and topic, practicality, novelty, and task variation. The use of literary texts from Western, Indonesian, and Islamic tradition increases the acceptability of the materials. The small-scale experimental design of the research also confirms a significant difference between the students taught with literature-based reading materials and those taught with non-literature-based materials. The students of the experimental group also find the materials contextual and valuable.
Key words: literature-based instruction, reading, EFL student, materials development, Islamic University
Pages: 22 - 44