Effectiveness of the Modified “Alpabasa”: A Game-Based Program in Teaching Reading among the Grades 3 and 4 Non-Readers

John Kit S. Masigan, PhD


The National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) report shows that 39 percent of fourth graders fall below a basic reading level; by twelfth grade that figure is still 23 percent. Accordingly, early intervention initiatives should impact those figures in the future to eliminate the segment of students who have significant difficulty acquiring basic reading skills, generally estimated at 20 percent. In response, Filipino innovators founded “Alpabasa”, a game-based program in teaching reading that aims to effectively teach kinder and elementary school children how to read in 18 days. The study made use of the quasi-experimental method, specifically, the pre-post test design to investigate the effectiveness of the modified “Alpabasa”: A game-based program in teaching reading among 60 grade 3 and 4 non-readers of St. Paul University Philippines by incorporating costumes, music, movement, games, theatrical presentations and supplemental activities in learning. Findings show that the exposure of non-readers to the Modified Alpabasa Reading Program resulted in better performance of the students in reading. Through action songs and movement-based activities, pupils are geared to play with language as learning situations are made concrete and realistic; thus, making reading more meaningful, interesting and engaging.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22158/fet.v3n2p37


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