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Online Extensive Reading in EAP Courses

Time: Jun 10, 2019

地址 C-129of South Campus 事件时间: 2019-06-12 10:30:00


Online Extensive Reading in EAP Courses


Dr.   Jing Zhou


2019-06-12 10:30:00


C-129of South Campus

Lecturer    Profile

Jing Zhou received her PhD degree from the   Department of Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa under   the guidance of Dr. Richard Day. Her areas of interest include second   language acquisition, second language reading, extensive reading, teaching   Chinese and English as foreign languages, and quantitative and qualitative   research methodology.

Lecture    Abstract

Extensive reading (ER) has been shown to be   an effective approach in helping second language (L2) students learn to read   the target language. Of particular interest is how L2 learners in English for   Academic Purposes (EAP) courses that included ER would react to ER since ER   involves L2 learners reading easy, interesting books that they select   themselves. We examined the reactions of 57 EAP university students to ER.   The study was conducted for two semesters in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, where   two groups of learners read online for ten and twelve weeks respectively. We   used Xreading Library, an online subscription-based graded-reader library   that allows students unlimited access to more than 800 books on their   computers, tablets or mobile device. We gathered both quantitative and   qualitative data to determine the extent to which online ER affected the   learners’ attitudes toward reading in English, their academic reading, and   English proficiency in general and their teachers’ reactions to Xreading. The   study revealed that L2 learners’ reading attitude were significantly improved   after reading graded readers online for one semester. This study also   suggested that the learners felt that their reading rates, vocabulary,   grammar, comprehension, writing and speaking were all improved through online   ER. Though learners perceived the effects of online ER on their academic   reading differently, the instructors held positive attitudes toward online ER   and would like to recommend online ER to other instructors.