Text difficulty in extensive reading: Reading comprehension and reading motivation

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2021-04-15
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Yang, Ya-Han
Chu, Hsi-Chin
Tseng, Wen-Ta
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University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
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33
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1
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78
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102
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This study investigates the effects of the text difficulty of extensive reading materials on the reading comprehension and reading motivation of English as a foreign language (EFL) vocational high school students in Taiwan. Two experimental groups were assigned, on an individual basis, to read graded readers at either one level below (‘i-1’) or one level beyond (‘i+1’) their current level, while a control group followed their regular curriculum. The results showed that after treatment, the ‘i-1’ group improved their overall comprehension and the subset of literal comprehension. They also outperformed the ‘i+1’ group on the same measures. For reading motivation, the ‘i+1’ group’s overall motivation was promoted. Both groups enhanced their reading engagement, while only the ‘i-1’ group inhibited reading avoidance. Moreover, the ‘i+1’ group outperformed the ‘i-1’ group in the perception of self-efficacy. Overall, the ‘i-1’ level yielded better effects on reading comprehension; the ‘i+1’ level, on reading motivation.
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extensive reading, foreign language reading, text difficulty, reading comprehension, reading motivation
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Yang, Y-.H., Chu, H-.C., & Tseng, W-.T. (2021). Text difficulty in extensive reading: Reading comprehension and reading motivation. Reading in a Foreign Language, 33(1), 78-102. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/67394
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