Investigating the Role of Literary Texts in Teaching Listening Skill: The Case of Grade 10 Students of Hasasa Secondary School

Mestawet Sahle


The study aimed to investigate the role of literary texts in teaching listening skill and find out an actual practice of grade 10 Hassasa Secondary School students in English language class of listening lessons. To achieve the objective quasi-experimental research design was employed for this study. The researchers utilized both qualitative and quantitative methods. Among the population of 960 grade 10 students, 96 students were selected as sample using systematic random sampling technique. In addition to this, six English language teachers who have been teaching in grade 10 also involved in the study using comprehensive sampling technique. Test, questionnaire, interview and textbook analysis were used as data collection instruments. Listening tests were the major tool in the study. Both experimental and controlled group students were given pre and posttests. The result of the post-test indicated that the performance of students in the experimental group was found to be statistically significant in the listening skill. Furthermore, the result of the questionnaire showed that the students have positive attitudes towards the use of literary texts in the listening activities. Moreover, the interview of teachers showed that teachers failed to manage the literary texts in teaching listening using the appropriate procedure.  At the end, the analyses of textbook indicated that the coverage of skills in English textbook for grade 10 in literary texts focused more on developing reading and speaking skills rather than listening.  Finally, it is recommended that literary texts enhance students listening skill in teaching English language. Teachers should increase students listening skill by using more literary texts in listening lessons and students should also engage themselves actively in the discussion to boost their listening skill.

Keywords: literary text, listening skill, experimental, controlled, tests

DOI: 10.7176/JLLL/100-02

Publication date: January 31st 2024

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