TOPIC INTEREST: A POTENTIAL WAY OF ENHANCING STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT IN READING COMPREHENSION
Chinwe A. Muodumogu
Department of Curriculum and Teaching.
Benue State University. Makurdi
Philip Agbum Terwase
Department ol‘Curriculum and Teaching,
Benue State University, Makurdi

Abstract
This study investigated influence of topic interest on students’ achievement in reading comprehension in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. An ex-post facto design was adopted for the study. Purposive sampling technique was used to select a sample of 314 $52students (190 males and 124 females) located in eight classes. Topic Interest Inventory (T11)and Reading Comprehension Achievement Test (RCA T) were used for data collection. The
data collected were analysed using mean and standard deviation to answer two research questions. whilet—test statistic was used to test two hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The findings oft/7e study revealed that topic interest has a significant influence on students’ achievement in reading comprehension (p:0.02>0.051. Results further indicated that there was no significant difference in the mean achievement scores of male and female students who read topics of high interest (p=0.94<0.05). Therefore. it was recommended, among other things. that English Language teachers should use interesting topics during reading comprehension lessons and that authors of recommended books should incorporate interesting topics This will help to improve students ’achievement in reading comprehension.

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