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.
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
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.