CHRISTOPHER WYLE (AICHI PREFECTURAL UNIVERSITY)

STUDENT PERCEPTIONS OF ONLINE READERS AS A COMPONENT OF AN EXTENSIVE READING PROGRAM : CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

This paper presentation will examine student perceptions of online readers (via the Xreading software platform) as part of an extensive reading program for non-English majors at a Japanese university. The presenter will highlight student perceptions – both positive and negative – of online readers in comparison with traditional paper-based graded readers. In addition, the presenter will examine practical aspects to using online readers, such as the benefits and costs of using paper based graded readers vs. online reader subscriptions, as well as the costs associated with getting an extensive reading program up and running, which should be relevant for both administrators and instructors implementing an extensive reading program at the university or high school level.

Christopher Wyle is an Associate Professor at Aichi Prefectural University’s Liberal Education Center. He has over 14 years teaching experience at Japanese universities and is interested in a wide range of topics related to language learning including student motivation, authentic texts, extensive reading and other aspects of language teaching. He has also conducted research and published on socio-cultural issues in higher education in Japan.