KAZUMA FUJII (NAGAOKA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)

HOW MUCH SHOULD JAPANESE ELEMENTARY LEARNERS READ IN A SEMESTER TO INCREASE THEIR READING RATE? : LANGUAGE LEARNING

This research aims to analyze the effects of the semester-long extensive reading (ER) program on the development of reading rate. The experimental group were 118 Japanese EFL students and received in-class ER for 30-40 minutes per week during one semester. The control group were 123 Japanese EFL students and did not receive ER. They were both at elementary level. Three reading fluency tests were conducted during the semester to examine the effects of ER on reading rates. The main finding drawn from t-tests and ANOVAs was that in comparison with the control group, the reading rate of the experimental group significantly increased in five months, where their accumulated number of words reached nearly 50,000 words. The pedagogical implication was that the ER program in which learners read more than 50,000 words of easy English in one semester may increase the reading fluency of Japanese elementary learners.

FUJII Kazuma received his MA from Doshisha University in Japan in 2002, and his Ph.D. from Keio University in Japan in 2017. He is currently an associate professor at Nagaoka University of Technology in Japan. His main research interest lies in extensive reading and applied cognitive linguistics.