Reading In English By Children In Korea: Frequency, Effectiveness, And Barriers

Research clearly supports the “power of reading.” Study after study has shown that free voluntary reading, or reading because you want to, is the major source of reading ability, writing ability, vocabulary, spelling, and the ability to handle complex grammatical constructions.

Studies confirming these relationships include correlational studies, case histories, and experiments, and have been done with children, adolescents and adults, for both first and second language development (Krashen, 2004).

It has been suggested that free reading may be the cure for “English fever.” Because of the growing importance of English world-wide, the desire to acquire English as a foreign language has also increased dramatically. Studies in English as a foreign language confirm that free voluntary reading can make a powerful contribution to English ability among children Cho & Kim, 2004; Cho & Kim, 2005) as well as among older students (Mason & Krashen, 1997; Lee, 2007; Liu, 2007).

The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent children in an EFL situation engage in reading of non-textbook material, and to what extent they are enthusiastic about reading. In addition, it was important to determine why some children do not read more. Finally, the study also attempts to confirm the relationship between reading and literacy.

Name : Kyung Sook Cho

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