ERIC Number: EJ1139367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
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Reference Count: 19
Current Practice of Extensive Reading in Asia: Teachers' Perceptions
Chang, Anna C.-S.; Renandya, Willy A.
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v17 n1 40-58 Apr 2017
This study investigated teachers' perceptions of the practice of extensive reading (ER) in the Asian context. One hundred and nineteen L2 teachers in Asia responded to an online questionnaire that probed into their reasons for implementing ER, the difficulties they encountered, and their perception about the effectiveness of different ways of organizing reading materials. The results show that L2 teachers in Asia held strongly positive beliefs about the effectiveness of ER in improving students' overall language competence. However, many reported encountering numerous difficulties in implementing ER, which mainly stemmed from students and teachers themselves. Student-related difficulties included lack of interest in reading, not used to doing independent reading, and reluctance to do voluntary reading. Teacher-related difficulties were mostly concerned with the difficulty of monitoring the type and quantity of books that students actually read. Another key finding of the study is that teachers perceived wide reading (reading a variety of texts) to be more effective than narrow reading (i.e., reading genre-specific texts). We conclude by offering a set of suggestions that could help ER practitioners implement their reading program more efficiently and effectively.
Descriptors: Reading Processes, Teacher Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Questionnaires, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Interests, Independent Reading, Books, Reading Programs, Program Implementation, Foreign Countries, Teacher Characteristics, Statistical Analysis
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Identifiers - Location: Asia