Personalizing Learning of English Literature: Perceptions and Challenges

Noraishah Intan Othman, Parilah M. Shah, Aidah A. Karim, Aminuddin Yusof, Rosseni Din, Nor Azlina Ramli, Nor Syazwani Mat Salleh


This research examines students’ perceptions and challenges in the learning English literature. A total of 60 Form 5 students from one of the secondary schools in the district of Hulu Langat, Selangor were selected. The samples were chosen based on their level of English proficiency from three different groups of students which were good, average and weak. A set of structured questionnaire consisting of 45 items using 1-4 Likert scale instrument was designed to collect data from these respondents on their perceptions and challenges in dealing with literary text, literature lesson and ESL teachers in learning of English literature component in English Language Classroom. The overall findings of the study indicates that majority of students, respondents of this study have positive perceptions towards literary text, literature lesson and ESL teachers despite some challenges that they have been facing when learning literature. This study is essential as student’s perceptions and challenges may help the teachers, educationist and curriculum developer to revise the current trend in teaching and learning literature component. Consequently, they will find the best solution to overcome the challenges which will cater students’ needs for a better satisfaction in learning literature component that may lead to personalizing learning of English literature for better performance in their overall English Language result in SPM. 


Literature; Perceptions; Challenges; English language

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