ERIC Number: ED139250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Interests in French of College Students.
Hooper, Ann C.
This paper describes an investigation conducted to determine student preferences for types of reading content in the study of French. The subjects were 438 students enrolled in elementary French courses in five universities. Reading interests were determined with a questionnaire consisting of brief descriptions of thirty items representing five reading interest areas: Traditional French Literature; Modern French Literature; French Culture, Civilization, History and Biography; Popular Adventure Fiction; and Nonliterary Topics. The major hypothesis of the study was that there would be no statistically significant difference between the scores for the various categories selected by students, and it was rejected. It was also found that the student's major affected his choice of literature. A great diversity of reading interests was displayed, the highest overall categories being Traditional French Literature and Popular Adventure Fiction. Students' major fields were grouped into two broad areas referred to as Major 1 and Major 2. Major 1 included humanities and social sciences, while Major 2 consisted of natural sciences and mathematics. Major 1 students had higher interests than Major 2 students, the highest category for the former being French Civilization, Culture, History and Biography. The highest category for Major 2 students was Popular Adventure Fiction. (CLK)
Descriptors: Biographies, College Language Programs, College Students, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Fiction, French, French Literature, Higher Education, History, Language Instruction, Reading Instruction, Reading Interests, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Surveys
Not available separately; see FL 008 033
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Conference on Language Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1975)