Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 1. March 2018                                           Pp.207-219
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.15 

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 Effects of Extensive Reading on Thai Tertiary Students’ Reading Attitudes 

Ketvalee Porkaew
Language Institute
Thammasat University, Thailand

Ariyadhorn Fongpaiboon
Language Institute
Thammasat University, Thailand

 

 

Abstract:
An exposure to free choice of inspiring reading materials among Thai students has not been largely promoted in English language class, affecting negative language learning attitudes and development of a reading habit.  This present study examined the effects of extensive reading (ER) on Thai university students.  To measure their attitudes towards comfort, anxiety, intellectual value, practical value and linguistic value before and after 15-week extensive reading.  68 undergraduate students were asked to complete the 5-point Likert scale questionnaire of 23 items adopted from Yamashita (2013).  A semi-structure interview was also employed.  The results revealed students had positive feelings in which ER increased their comfort and decreased their anxiety at the significance level of 0.05.  They also had positive beliefs about the intellectual benefits.  However, the practical value that ER might bring advantages to students’ study or future career was lower in the posttest.  There was no significant difference between the pretest and posttest in their beliefs about English language study benefits.  Qualitative data from the semi-structured interviews showed that students satisfied with their own choice of reading preference.  The findings suggested the use of ER approach in English as a foreign language (EFL) classes to increase students’ positive attitudes, decrease their negative ones towards reading, and develop good reading habits through their reading engagement.
Keywords: English as a foreign language, extensive reading, reading attitudes, Thai tertiary students  

Cite as: Porkaew, k., & Fongpaiboon, A. (2018). Effects of Extensive Reading on Thai Tertiary Students’ Reading Attitudes.
Arab World English Journal, 9 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no1.15

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Dr. Ketvalee Porkaew is Assistant Professor from the Language Institute, Thammasat University
in Bangkok, Thailand. She earned a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher
Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Her areas of interest include
English as a Second/Foreign language and reading.