Examining English Language Learners' Motivation of, and Engagement in, Reading: A Qualitative Study

Cho, Seonhee; Xu, Yaoying; Rhodes, Joan A.
September 2010
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Sep2010, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p205
Academic Journal
With a growing concern about English language learners' (ELLs) reading achievement, this study explored issues related to a reading intervention study with a particular focus on ELLs' participation. Drawn upon interviews with instructors and a focus group of students who participated in the reading intervention program, this study sheds light on a significant impact of motivation and engagement on reading activities. High interest, yet challenging reading materials, an interactive and collaborative learning environment, and the quality of instruction and attitude proved to be critical for student engagement in reading. Furthermore, ELLs' particular challenges in oral reading and participation in making predictions were revealed. An ELL's unconventional literacy practice that had received little recognition was also discovered and discussed.


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