Extensive reading frequency and attitudes in Italy, Japan, and the USA, focusing on EFL and ESL

Speaker:Takayuki Nakanishi| Location:Room 2| Date:August 11, 2016| Time:11:15-11:45

Abstract

Extensive reading has been a topic of interest among English teachers as an alternative way of teaching and learning reading. In terms of extensive reading instruction, there exist various applications and styles that are called extensive reading. To select the right materials and volume of tasks and an appropriate teaching method for our students, we need to know our students, particularly their habits and attitudes toward reading. To investigate Japanese university students’ reading habits and attitudes, the present study replicated a study of Crawford Camiciottoli (2001) using the questionnaire of the original study. Ro and Chen (2014) also replicated this study by applying it to participants in an ESL context, which provided us different insights into learners in various contexts. In line with the original study, descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis were applied to compare the result with the other two studies. The results indicated that a good “reader” of L1 can make a good learner of L2 reading, and lack of time was the most cited reason limiting extensive reading in all three studies. Similar results were obtained from the two EFL contexts, whereas participants with a positive attitude in an ESL context only tend to read more.

Biography

Takayuki Nakanishi received his Ed. D. in TESOL. He is an Associate Professor at Dokkyo University in Ja(86) Takayuki Nakanishipan. His current research topics include willingness to communicate, language testing, and extensive reading.

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