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Title :Broadening English perspectives through an authentic reading experience
Authors :Chujo, Junko
Publisher :N.E.A.R. Language Education Conference
Issue Date :2011
Journal Title :NEAR conference proceedings working papers
Volume :NEAR-2011-01
Abstract :The action research project was conducted through the implementation of a reading project in a Japanese national university elective reading course offered for medical freshman for the purpose of examining ways to remotivate non-English major freshmen for further English learning. The selected reading material for the instruction was a 311 page novel, Flowers for Algernon, written by Daniel Keys in 1959. There were three pedagogical goals for this project. First, that learners realize how they can utilize their current English ability for one of the true purposes of language learning (not just for gaining high test scores), the communication of ideas. Second, that learners gain the confidence to realize that by utilizing their current English capability in combination with structured activity, they can become autonomous readers of English. Third, that these realizations motivate students for further English learning. This project is centered on developing reading skills; however, multiple skill development activities were tailored for scaffolding learners’ engagement with the text.
Keywords :reading
autonomous reader development
single theme reading
authentic reading materials
action research
Type Local :Conference Paper
Language :eng
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/10623/32641
Relation :http://www.iuj.ac.jp/workingpapers/index.cfm?File=NEAR-2011-01.pdf
Rights :北東アジア言語教育学会
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