Driven to Read: Enthusiastic Readers in a Japanese High School's Extensive Reading Program

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The paper reports on a long-term, multi-case study examining the motivations of avid readers in an extensive reading program at a private Japanese high school. Using an ethnographic approach to case study research, the project explores nine participants--their motivations for reading and what English study means for them. The two and a half year study finds strong similarities between the participants such as a love of literacy and a desire for autonomy. The findings call for greater consideration of non-cognitive factors such as affect and personal attributes in motivation research. This study adds to a growing body of qualitative literature focused on L2 reading motivation. (Contains 6 notes and 1 table.)

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  • High School Students; Reading Programs; Reading Mo
  • Japan

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