School of Liberal Arts
Mae Fah Luang University

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Effects of Lyrical Music in Different Languages on English Reading Comprehension of Thai Learners

Jaturaporn Kongbang, Pornpin Cherdsaksakul, Pakaporn Piriyapithakporn, Pakjira Boonrapeth


The present study aims at investigating the effect of English and Thai lyrical music on Thai learners’ reading comprehension, and comparing the outcome scores between detail items and main idea items, which are two important types of reading comprehension questions. Participants in this paper were thirteen students of Mae Fah Luang university majoring in English who were native of Thai, and had high proficiency in English language. The results indicated that the lyrical music distracted participants’ reading comprehension. Nevertheless,
there was no significant differences between Thai and English lyrical music. In addition, listening to music while reading affected participants’ understanding in detail questions more than main idea questions since music was probably distracting participants’ concentration of remembering all the detail more than comprehending the overall ideas or messages of the text.


Lyrical Music, Reading Comprehension

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