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ERIC Number: EJ958790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
The Value of Targeted Comic Book Readers
Hammond, Kay; Danaher, Katherine
ELT Journal, v66 n2 p193-204 Apr 2012
A limitation of extensive reading programmes is the time required for progress in vocabulary acquisition. This paper reports on a qualitative exploration of student perceptions of the value of non-compulsory comic books in ESL elementary and upper-intermediate level courses at a tertiary institution. We aimed to develop supplementary materials that students would find valuable, use, and enjoy without requiring classroom time. The results suggest the learners' views on the value of comic books and recordings can be broadly categorized into five themes: (1) helpful story characteristics, (2) perceived performance enhancement, (3) use of learning strategies, (4) enjoyment, and (5) areas for improvement. An interesting finding was the variety of uses to which the learners put the resources, in particular sharing them with their families. This study points to the importance of responding to learners' specific contexts and to creative ways English learners undertake autonomous learning when provided with appropriate resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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