Term

Spring 2018

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAESL

Facilitator(s)

Betsy Parrish

Content Expert

Gary Udouj

Abstract

This study examined the extent to which extensive reading (ER) coupled with sustained silent reading (SSR) impacts the attitudes and motivation toward L2 reading of adult ELLs in a non- intensive ABE/ESL program. While participating in a nine-week SSR program, 17 learners were asked to provide their perceptions of the program and the practice of ER via pretest/posttest questionnaires, weekly reading logs, and semi-structured interviews. In addition to increasing their group average weekly time spent reading for pleasure in English outside of class by 113 minutes, the participants reported that they (1) felt more confident in their L2 acquisition; (2) found L2 reading more enjoyable; (3) developed a greater appreciation for the role of reading in L2 acquisition; and (4) held favorable attitudes towards the practice of SSR. The results suggest that ER has strong potential in cultivating positive L2 reading attitudes and motivation that may lead to increased L2 reading.

Project Type

Action Research

Keywords

ESL/ ELLs, Extensive Reading

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