Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) as an Independent Learning Tool at an Institution of Higher Learning

By Manjet Kaur A/P Mehar Singh, Anne Rowena David and Julie Chuah Suan Choo.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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This paper presents the results of a study on the use of Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) as an independent learning tool among university undergraduates in an English language proficiency course at an institution of higher learning in Malaysia. It investigated the use of SSR in bringing about positive influence in the learning of English language. The study was inspired by the negative perception presented by the students in regards to reading. Data was collected using the SSR questionnaire (SSRQ) designed by the researchers. The findings and results, if taken seriously by the higher education institutions, may lead to the active use of SSR to improve English language proficiency, promote readers’ attitude and motivation towards the joy of reading and also develop independent lifelong readers through the use of print media and its alternative, ubiquitous media.

Keywords: Sustained Silent Reading (SSR), Independent Learning Tool, University Undergraduates, English Language Proficiency

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.77-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.085MB).

Manjet Kaur A/P Mehar Singh

Language Instructor, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Master’s Dissertation (Unpublished): The Use of Cooperative Learning Method in the Teaching and Learning Process of Reading Comprehension to Increase Learner Achievement at Tertiary Level. USM. 2000. Ph.D (in progress): Exploring Academic Literacies Practices of International Graduate Students in Institutions of Higher Learning in Malaysia Publication: Book Chapter 1. Ambigapathy Pandian, Gitu Chakravarthy, Salasiah Che Lah 2003. The Use of Cooperative Learning Method in the Teaching and Learning Process of Reading Comprehension to Increase Learner Achievement at Tertiary Level. In English Language Teaching and Literacy: Research and Reflections. Universiti Putra Malaysia Press, Serdang. 2003. 2. Verlag Dr. Muller 2010. Multiculturalism in Malaysian Education Context: Interaction between Local and International Students. In Challenges, Approaches and Collaboration in Language Learning.

Anne Rowena David

Teacher, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia), Penang, Malaysia

Julie Chuah Suan Choo

Lecturer, School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia), Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia