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Mobile-based Extensive Reading: An Investigation into Reluctant Readers

Brett Milliner and Travis Cote
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Brett Milliner: The Center for English as a Lingua Franca, Tamagawa University, Machida, Japan
Travis Cote: The Center for English as a Lingua Franca, Tamagawa University, Machida, Japan

International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT), 2015, vol. 5, issue 4, 1-15

Abstract: Mobile devices have sweeping repercussions in education and suggest shifting content-engagement paradigms. Extensive reading (ER) is not unaffected by the many evolving aspects of mobile technology in second language classrooms. This paper reflects on Xreading®, an online graded reader (GR) and learning management system (LMS) designed for digital ER. Students at a private university in Tokyo had access to this online library using mobile devices. While overall reflections were positive, actual engagement with GR's and the software, was significantly lower for a surprising number of participants. Focusing on those reluctant readers (RRs) this study investigates the basis for disengagement, both with ER and perhaps with mobile technology. Using a post-pilot questionnaire and focus group discussion, the authors attempted to understand reasons behind the disconnect. Key findings for why students neglected this system included: insufficient software training, misconceptions about reading extensively and ineffective exploitation of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.

Date: 2015
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