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Context of the study

The researcher conveniently selected Watnuannordit School in Bangkok as the

study site after exploring the English curricula of many schools in Bangkok and finding

out that this school provides English reading courses for 12th-grade students. Permission

was asked from the school administrators to conduct the research by sending them formal

letters that included the research proposal to be considered. The school administrative

committee officially granted this permission and allowed the research to be conducted in

the second semester of the academic year 2007.

Target Population

The target population of this study was formed of Thai high school students in the

expanding level (grades 10-12) taking the course Reading for Further Study (ENG

40201), which is an elective course according to the standard National English

Curriculum (2001).

Participants

The participants of this study were formed by two full classes chosen from five

classes composed of 12th-grade students enrolled in the elective course Reading for

Further Study (ENG 40201) in the second semester of the academic year 2007 at

Watnuannordit School in Bangkok. They were all native Thai speakers of both genders

and, according to their scores on the placement test for grade 9, of mixed abilities.

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