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A study of an effective English reading class at university through analysis of students’ reading motivation and perceptions in reading activities

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2012, 13(1), pp.281-301
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

Eunhee Nam 1

1한경대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study was designed to explore an effective university English reading class concerned with the importance of English reading. For this study, two research questions were raised; 1) What is the reading motivation of students? 2) What are the students’ perceptions of reading activities in relation with interest, usefulness, and supplement demand? The research was implemented for 15 weeks with 63 students. The participants were all freshmen taking English as a compulsory subject. While taking reading classes, they were given 10 activities based on pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading: Vocabulary Test, Thinking before Reading, Listening to CD, Warm-up Vocabulary, Grammar, Syntactic Analysis, Translation, Group Activities, Quiz for Reading Comprehension, and Let’s Sum-up. At the end of the semester, two kinds of surveys were conducted to find out learners’ motivation and perceptions. The survey for motivation was included 9 categories: Efficacy, Challenge, Curiosity, Involvement, Importance, Grades, Compliance, Avoidance, and Integrative Orientation. The result shows that the subjects have high level of Curiosity, Importance, and Integrative Orientation. In addition, this study reveals that Translation, Vocabulary Test, and Group Activities raise students’ interest. Also, Translation, Vocabulary Test, and Syntactic Analysis are useful to improve their reading proficiency. Besides, Grammar, Syntactic Analysis, Translation are required to fulfill reading skills. Finally, some suggestions are made for an effective English reading class at university.

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