Japanese high school students’ motivation for extensive L2 reading

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2007-04
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Takase, Atsuko
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University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
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19
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1
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18
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To investigate factors that motivate Japanese high school students to read English extensively, I assessed 219 female high school students who participated in an extensive reading program for 1 academic year. The results showed that the 2 most influential factors were students’ intrinsic motivation for first language (L1) reading and second language (L2) reading. However, no positive relationship between L1 reading motivation and L2 reading motivation was observed. Follow-up interviews, conducted with 1/3 of the participants, illuminated aspects of the motivation that the quantitative data did not reveal. Several enthusiastic readers of Japanese were not motivated to read in English due to the gaps between their abilities to read in Japanese and in English. In contrast, the intrinsic motivation of enthusiastic readers of English was limited to L2 reading and did not extend to their L1 reading habits.
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extensive reading, motivation, second language reading, motivational factors, intrinsic motivation, graded readers
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