Approaches in the teaching of literature in English in Senior secondary schools in ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State
This study was on Approaches in the teaching of literature in English in Senior secondary schools in ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State. The total population for the study is 200 staff of selected secondary schools in Ikunano. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made principals, administrative staff, senior staff and junior staff were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies.
1.1Background of the study
The literature component in English is aimed at enhancing students’ language proficiency, and it is also geared for the purpose of generating the aesthetic part of the language that is personal response from students. The English language Curriculum Specifications stated that the aim of literature is not only meant to address the interpersonal, informational aesthetic value of learning but also the learning of the English language in general. Similarly, this objective is in line to the curriculum of the Malaysia Ministry of Education (2009) that spells out the objectives of the introduction of literature component into the English language syllabus are to enable students to improve their proficiency through reading, respond to text, draw lessons and insights from slices of life, understand and appreciate other culture, relate to events, characters and own life as well as expose students to models of good writing.
Literature in Education is aimed at developing the potential of students in a holistic, balanced and integrated manner encompassing the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects in order to create a balanced and harmonious human being with high social standards. It is therefore, the primary aim of incorporating literature into the English Language syllabus is to improve students’ language ability. As stated in the English Language Curriculum Specification, the CCL Program is aimed to help students improve their English through reading simple fiction, to provide a continuum for the literature component introduced in school and to create an enjoyable learning environment. In relation to this, literature is not only meant to address the interpersonal and informational aesthetic value of the learning, but also beyond that where the students learn about people, culture, ethics, behaviors and other social norms. Hence, the implementation of children’s literature would help children to expand their imagination and to acquire literacy in their learning.
Statement of the problem
There is a need to discover if the literature component in English is taught in line with its aims and objectives. Thus, a focus on the approaches employed by teachers in the teaching of literature component in English would be of great value and interest. The study will focus on the approaches employed and challenges encountered in the teaching of literature to secondary school
Objective of the study
The objectives of the study are;
- To ascertain the challenges of teaching literature in English in secondary school of Ikwauano LGA
- To find out the method of teaching literature in English in secondary school
- To ascertain the factors Militating Against the Study of Literature
H0: there are no challenges of teaching literature in English in secondary school of Ikwauano LGA.
H1: there are challenges of teaching literature in English in secondary school of Ikwauano LGA
Ho: there is no method of teaching literature in English in secondary school.
H1: there is method of teaching literature in English in secondary school.
Significance of the study
The study will be very significant to students and ministry of education. The study will give a clear insight on the approaches in the teaching of literature in English in senior secondary schools in Ikwuano LGA, the study will also serve as a reference to other researchers that will embark on the related topic
Scope and limitation of the study
The scope of the study covers Approaches in the teaching of literature in English in Senior secondary schools in ikwuano L.G.A of Abia State. . The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;
- a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
- b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.
FINANCE: This is one of the factors that contributed to the sample size used because of inadequate cash to support the sample size
1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Teaching: Teaching is the process of attending to people’s needs, experiences and feelings, and making specific interventions to help them learn particular things
Approach: To approach is to get near something. An airplane is cleared for a final approach just as the wheels approach the landing strip