Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe
On-line version ISSN 2224-7912
LE CORDEUR, Michael. Using hemispheric integration and film (Fiela se kind) as teaching strategy to improve reading. Tydskr. geesteswet. [online]. 2010, vol.50, n.3, pp. 346-362. ISSN 2224-7912.
Although the two hemispheres of the human brain appear to be identical, research shows that each hemisphere is responsible for specialised functions. The left hemisphere is specialised for high cognitive functions such as reading, while the right hemisphere is specialised for skills of a visual and spatial nature. It is important to note that although each hemisphere is responsible for separate functions, the two hemispheres operate best when the human brain is intact, i.e. when the two hemispheres function as an integrated unit. When teaching reading it is important for educators to structure their teaching strategy in such a way as to enhance the integration between the two hemispheres which will facilitate transmission of reading comprehension. From the literature review it became clear that the use of certain media, such as films, can add to hemispheric integration. This study involved an investigation into the improvement of reading of Grade 7 learners (the study group). The research methodology used was a case study supported by a literature review. Firstly, the literature review provided a theoretical basis of reading. This included two problematic areas in reading, i.e. reading comprehension and reading fl uency. Secondly, catalysts that can improve reading, namely the media, were investigated. As part of the investigation strategies for teaching reading were designed based on learners' interest in the media. Then these strategies were implemented in the study group in order to measure their success. The results show that learners' reading abilities can improve with hemispheric integration if their problems are diagnosed early and they receive the necessary help. This study questions the efficacy of traditional approaches to reading instruction and proposes an alternative approach based on the principle of hemispheric integration and the use of the media.
Keywords : hemispheric integration; reading problems; films; improving reading; media strategies; reading comprehension; fluency in reading.