Analyzing the Effectiveness of an Interactive Method for Determining Student ER Reading Levels
Wednesday, June 29 5:15 PM-7:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C
Presider: Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education, United States
Abstract: This study outlines an approach to facilitating the process of selecting reading material at suitable level of difficulty for second-year Japanese college students majoring in English language studies. The benefits of reading large amounts of easily understandable text in a foreign language are widely recognized, but identifying appropriate material can be a laborious process. It is hoped that through a combination of learner reading level evaluation and a publisher-independent system of categorizing reading levels of graded readers, book selection will be facilitated. An easily manageable system for formal evaluation of learner reading progress also provides those learners increased time to spend on reading and flexibility in choosing material that reflects their interests.