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Online Extensive Reading for Advanced Foreign Language Learners: An Evaluation Study
Foreign Language Annals (2009)
  • Nike Arnold, Portland State University
The following article reports the findings of a qualitative evaluation of an online extensive reading program in German as a foreign language. Designed for advanced learners, it differs from traditional extensive reading programs in two important aspects: students read online instead of printed materials, and there was no teacher preselection to ensure that learners were reading at the i minus 1 level. Data from reflections and questionnaires indicate that learners experienced a variety of affective and linguistic benefits. Interestingly, some learners purposely sought out more difficult texts to challenge themselves. While this violates a key principle of extensive reading, it is indicative of learners' growing motivation and self-confidence. There is also evidence that they developed into skilled second language readers, making conscious decisions about reading strategy and dictionary use
  • Language and languages -- Study and teaching,
  • Reading,
  • German language -- Study and teaching,
  • Computers and literacy,
  • Program evaluation
Publication Date
Summer 2009
Publisher Statement
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Citation Information
Nike Arnold. "Online Extensive Reading for Advanced Foreign Language Learners: An Evaluation Study" Foreign Language Annals Vol. 42 Iss. 2 (2009)
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