Implementing Gamification to Enhance Reading Engagement and Reading Comprehension of Thai EFL University Students

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Tatchakrit Matyakhan
Treenuch Chaowanakritsanakul
Joey Andrew Lucido Santos


Gamification is one of the innovative teaching approaches implemented in English classrooms nowadays. However, using gamification to enhance reading engagement and reading comprehension in language classrooms at the university level has not been much explored. This present study investigated gamification's effects on enhancing reading engagement, reading comprehension, as well as perceptions of gamification among Thai EFL university students. The participants in the research were 70 first-year students selected randomly. A mixed-methods research design was adopted to examine the effects of gamification between control and experimental groups. The quantitative results collected by the pre-test, post-test, pre-survey, and post-survey showed that the experimental group significantly improved reading comprehension and higher reading engagement after the implementation of gamification, compared to the control group that studied traditionally. Furthermore, the participants in the experimental group reported positive perceptions towards gamification, such as promoting reading engagement and creating a fun learning environment. Therefore, this study supports an alternative and innovative way to shift a reading class from a teacher-centered approach to a student-centered approach through gamification.

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Matyakhan, T. ., Chaowanakritsanakul, T. ., & Santos, J. A. L. . (2024). Implementing Gamification to Enhance Reading Engagement and Reading Comprehension of Thai EFL University Students. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 17(1), 121–239. Retrieved from
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Tatchakrit Matyakhan, Department of Education, School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University

A lecturer of the Education Department, School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University, Thailand. He is also a member of Center of Excellence on Women and Social Security, Walailak University, Thailand. He received his M.Ed. in TEFL, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His research interests include teacher education, technology in ELT, and curriculum development.

Treenuch Chaowanakritsanakul, Department of Education, School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University

A lecturer of the Education Program, School of Liberal Arts, Walailak University, Thailand. She is also a member of Informatics Innovation Center of Excellence, Walailak University, Thailand. Her research interests include technology in ELT, and Second Language Acquisition.

Joey Andrew Lucido Santos, Language Center, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

An assistant professor at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He completed his Ph.D. in English as an International Language under the ASEAN Doctoral Scholarship at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His research interests include gender/sexuality, translanguaging, discourse analysis, linguistic landscapes, and applied linguistics.


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