THE EFFECT OF WEBQUEST ON EFL READING ABILITY

Nanang Fitrianto, Mohammad Adnan Latief, Nur Mukminatien, Sri Rachmajanti

Abstract


Teachers are being challenged to find ways to integrate the use of ICT into their teaching to both
address these outcomes and enhance what they have previously done on their classrooms. One
approach to the use of the Internet that has a lot of potentials for both teachers and learners is the
WebQuest. This study aimed at verifying (1) whether the students would be interested in reading
texts extensively in English; (2) whether an interactive constructivist environment would make a
difference in an extensive reading task. This quasi-experimental study examined the effect of the
WebQuest in extensive reading. The experiment and control subjects were from two different
classes attending the fifth semester of English department at STKIP PGRI Jombang, Indonesia.
The results showed that there is no statistical difference between the groups (p=0.575). The results
also indicated that both approaches (the WebQuest and traditional) lead to learning and both are
valuable teaching strategies. The results showed that the majority of students in both groups had
some difficulties in reading in English. General comments follow the next discussion and end with
conclusion and suggestion which might be beneficial for language learners and EFL practitioners.


Keywords


internet-based teaching, WebQuest

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