The Big Books: Understanding the Contents or Illustrations?

By Normaliza Abd Rahim, Noraien Mansor, Sabariah Md Rashid, Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya, Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam and Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Reading stories to children would be a challenging and utmost important activity to enhance learning and understanding a language. Various techniques or activities have been proposed in the literature to make reading an enjoyable activity in the classroom. Amongst the many, reading a big book is one of the activities recommended to facilitate students’ comprehension of a story delivered by the teacher. This paper focuses on the use of the big book in story reading sessions in two classrooms of primary schools in a rural area in Malaysia. The objectives were to assess students’ understanding of the content of or the graphics used in the big book and to examine their comments and opinion on the contents of the big book and its use. One hundred subjects aged seven years old from two literacy classrooms in a rural area school participated in the study. Five other subjects, selected at random, participated in the interview session. Findings of the study revealed that the use of the big book seemed to be of an advantage as it creates fun and meaningful learning of English in the classroom, as well as making reading activity an enjoyable one.

Keywords: The Big Book, Comprehension

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 8, pp.197-206. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.498MB).

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.

Dr. Noraien Mansor

Head, UMT Publisher, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Sabariah Md Rashid

Senior Lecturer, Department of English Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ms. Sabariah Md Rashid is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya

Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She is involved in several researches dealing with literature & culture, psychoanalysis & literature, literature in ESL, and diasporic literature.

Dr. Vijayaletchumy Subramaniam

Senior Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Sr Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan

Lecturer, Department of Geomatic Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Miss Siti Nur Aliaa Roslan is a lecturer at the Department of Geomatic Engineering in School of Architecture and Built Environment at Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College. She teaches subjects such as Cadastral Surveying, Engineering Surveying, Global Positioning System, Remote Sensing, and Geographical Information System. Her expertise is on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing and Land Surveying.

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