ERIC Number: EJ711794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
Reference Count: 22
The Effects of Narrow Reading of Authentic Texts on Interest and Reading Ability in English as a Foreign Language
Cho, Kyung-Sook; Ahn, Kyoung-Ok; Krashen, Stephen
Reading Improvement, v42 n1 p58 Spr 2005
Narrow reading means reading in only one genre, one subject matter, or the work of one author. The case for narrow reading was first presented over twenty years ago (Krashen, 1981). Narrow reading, it was argued, has the advantage of providing the developing reader with a familiar context, that is, familiar background knowledge that helps make texts more comprehensible. It avoids the discomfort and confusion less advanced readers often have adjusting to new characters and new settings in fiction, and allows them to take advantage of their own knowledge in reading in areas of interest in non-fiction. Narrow reading also has the advantage of repeated exposure to the same vocabulary (Kyongho and Nation, 1989). This study examines the possibility of using narrow reading for beginning EFL students, using the popular Clifford (The Big Red Dog) series. Fourth grade students studying English as a foreign language in Korea read and did activities related to the Clifford book series for twelve weeks. Although students had limited competence in English, authentic books, books written for native speakers of English, were used. Subjects showed gains in English competence, increased enthusiasm for English, and showed evidence of understanding of the advantages of "narrow reading."
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Improvement, Reading Instruction, Reading Ability, English (Second Language), Grade 4, Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea