n Mousaion - Improving second-language reading comprehension through a blended-learning approach to strategy instruction

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



The valuable role technology could play in literacy acquisition and instruction, especially for primary grade learners, is a promising area of research. This article describes a study about how strategy instruction taught through a blend of technology and more traditional teaching methods can aid reading comprehension.

The study, which involved four grade 6 classes from two different schools in the Western Cape, focuses on three perceived needs: (1) a need for the improvement of reading comprehension in second-language learners, (2) a need for strategy instruction in teaching reading comprehension, and finally (3) a need for a blended-learning approach to strategy instruction. The discussion of the research results also highlights the main obstacles in the way of the effective use of a blended-learning approach.

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