Extensive Reading and Language Learning: A Diary Study of a Beginning Learner of Japanese

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2002-04
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Leung, Ching Yin
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University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
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14
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1
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66
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81
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Motivated by the continued growth of research on extensive reading as well as the positive results from a variety of studies (e.g., Bell, 2001; Camiciottoli, 2001; Elley & Mangubhai, 1983; Mason & Krashen, 1997; Nash & Yuan, 1992; Renandya, Rajan, & Jacobs, 1999; Tse, 1996; Walker, 1997), an investigation was conducted on the impact of extensive reading on an adult's self-study of Japanese over a 20-week period. Data were collected from multiple sources, including a learner diary, audio-recordings from several private tutorial sessions, and vocabulary tests. The results of this study show that extensive reading can enhance vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension, and promote a positive attitude toward reading. The challenges that the learner encountered during the extensive reading process and how they were dealt with are also addressed.
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extensive reading, Japanese as a foreign language, self-instruction, vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary, affect
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