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Jordanian Universities, Using Music to Teach English Poetry
The purpose of this study is to investigate the impact of using music on teaching English Poetry in Jordanian universities on students performance. The researchers followed the equivalent pre/post T test two group designs. To achieve the aim of the study, a pre/post-test was constructed to measure students' performance in English poetry. The sample of this study consisted of 120 students (56 males and 64 females) from the third year students in Al Zaytoonah University during the first semester of the academic year 2011/2012. The subjects of the study were distributed into two groups (experimental group and control group). The experimental group was taught poetry accompanied with music while the control group was taught poetry using the traditional way of teaching. The subjects were 30 male students for the experimental group and 26 male students for the control group, while the female students for the experimental and control group were 31 and 33 respectively. Those subjects were distributed into two purposefully selected sections in Al Zaytoonah University in Amman. Descriptive statistical analyses were used (means and standard deviation) for the pre and post- tests of students' poetry test to experimental and control groups. Comparison statistical methods were used (Two Way ANOVA) analysis of variance to make a comparison between the control and the experimental groups and gender variable (male and female). The findings of the study indicated that there were statistically significant differences in the post- test between the control and the experimental groups in favor of the experimental group, and there was no statistically significant difference in the students' achievement due to gender. There was no statistically significant difference due to the interaction between gender and group. The researchers proposed some recommendations to enhance the effect of using music in teaching poetry on students' performance such as conducting further studies in other universities.