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ERIC Number: EJ1115209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
Returning to Reading: An Online Course in French Offers a Snapshot of L2 Reading Habits and Trends
Gascoigne, Carolyn; Parnell, Juliette
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v16 n2 p37-47 Sep 2016
With todays' students spending increasing amounts of time involved in online activities, there is a growing need to study their online reading habits. Indeed, it is not only students' out-of-class engagement with electronic media that calls for increased attention to the reading skill, in general, and online reading, in particular, but it is also the explosion in the number of hybrid and online courses at both the secondary and post-secondary levels that begs for examination. While communicative competence may still reign, it is time for the profession to turn at least some of our attention back to the importance of the reading skill and increase our research specifically devoted to understanding the process of online reading in the L2. The following pages speak to this need by contributing information on the creation of an online post-secondary French course devoted to developing L2 reading skills, as well as a qualitative study of the students' reading habits both in print and online in both English (the L1) and in French (the L2). Findings from this pre- and post-course survey coupled with results from other studies begin to flesh out a portrait of online L2 reading behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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