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ERIC Number: EJ923458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
CAR: A Means for Motivating Students to Read
Komiyama, Reiko
English Teaching Forum, v47 n3 p32-37 2009
Reading is an important skill for English language learners in today's world; it supports the development of overall proficiency and provides access to crucial information at work and in school. With English being the dominant language of the Internet, international business, and academia (including science), beginning and advanced students alike face pressures to develop their second language (L2) reading abilities. The acquisition of reading skills, however, is never easy, and students need consistent practice to become fluent readers. But what can teachers do to motivate students to read in English? Some research on this subject points to successful methods and techniques, such as choosing reading topics that appeal to students, assigning material and tasks at the right level, organizing collaborative work, and offering positive feedback and other incentives for students' efforts. However, in their efforts to motivate students to read, teachers often do not realize that different instructional methods actually promote different types of student motivation. The purpose of this article is to distinguish among these different types of motivation and illustrate how to apply motivation-supportive instructional strategies in the classroom to create a dynamic environment where reading comes alive. (Contains 1 figure.)
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A