The impact of choice reading on academic success in the new normal
Maristela Rose M Galia, Laurence M Abala, Geronimo S Obaob
This is a qualitative-quantitative research that descriptively discovered the impact of choice reading on the academic success in the new normal which was addressed by determining (1) The effects of choice-reading program in student’s reading comprehension in terms of: attention span, satisfaction and output, (2) the benefits of implementing choice-reading program in the development of the students: cognitive and affective factor, (3) and students’ perception in the use of choice reading as beneficial in improving their comprehension and retelling of texts in online learning. An interview questionnaire comprising 15 questions were utilized to gather information that will be interpreted to determine the factors which affects students' perspective on reading who are affiliated from one of the oldest universities in Cebu, the University of the Visayas. A strategic routine on reading zones was also conducted to calculate the attention span of the students as part of developing reading habits on them. The results of the interview and reading zone routine yielded the following impressions on the impact of choice reading to students: (a) students are more motivated to read when the materials are freely chosen by them, (b) readers interest towards reading materials are also reinforced by current trends, (c) students are invested in reading if they will be able to relate to their peers as a result. Upon the gathered data and results, this study concluded that choice reading can contribute more towards developing the skills of the students in reading since they like to navigate their own learning which will let them perform better to achieve academic success. The observed behavior implied that teachers must allow their students to manipulate learning materials in order for them to get involved and invested in their learning. Therefore, various perspectives were offered by the researchers to help future language teachers improve on their approach towards teaching reading to students.