Developing the habit of L2 reading and enjoying it too

Field, Jenny (2016) Developing the habit of L2 reading and enjoying it too. CLESOL 2016, Hamilton, New Zealand, 14-17 July 2016.

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Extensive reading is the reading of large amounts of text that is within the learner’s current capability (Day & Bamford, 1998). This study focuses on beginner readers of English engaging in a classroom based extensive reading project, which explored their movement towards becoming autonomous readers as well as inquiring about their feelings towards L2 reading. Autonomy is the capacity to take charge of one’s learning. However, in any one beginner class there may be learners who present with little knowledge of what needs to be learned or even how to learn, but there will be others who demonstrate motivation and confidently engage with the learning process. During the project students had a short period of silent reading on most days, where they selected a reader. Early results from the project seem to support Day and Bamford’s ‘book strap’ hypothesis whereby success in reading increases the motivation to read more.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Learner Autonomy, Reading
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:4759
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