Investigating students’ interest on reading journal articles: Materials, reasons and strategies

Saiful Akmal, Ikhwanna Dhivah, Mulia Mulia

Abstract


This article investigates students’ reading materials, reasons for reading journal articles, and strategies in handling its difficulties. The data was collected by the use of qualitative method with structured interview. A number of eight students were purposely selected as the participants of this study, each representing eight different units studying in the seventh semester at a university in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. In analyzing the data, this research employed the qualitative descriptive analysis of data organization, data examination and data explanation. The findings showed that the favorite reading materials for students are website articles and social media captions, followed by non-fiction readings and newspapers. It is also found that preparing assignment is the utmost popular reason for reading journal articles for the students. Students also said that looking up in dictionary, internet surfing, consulting friends and lecturers, more practices, predicting the meaning of the words, and partial reading were some strategies they used to tackle the problems of reading journal articles. The implication of this study can be of actual practice to the academic reading course and curriculum and material development, especially for future improvement on students’ reading performance and proficiency.


Keywords


students’ interest; journal articles; materials; reasons; strategies

Full Text:

PDF

References


Adamson, J., & Fujimoto-Adamson, N. (2011). Translanguaging in self-access language advising: Informing language policy. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 3(1), 59-73.

Al-Nafisah, K. (2011). Saudi EFL students’ reading interests. Journal of King Saud University-Languages and Translation, 23(1), 1-9.

Aliponga, J. (2013). Reading journal: Its benefits for extensive reading. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 3(12), 73-80.

Apsari, Y. (2014). The use of authentic materials in teaching reading comprehension. ELTIN JOURNAL, Journal of English Language Teaching in Indonesia, 2(2), 88-94.

Asher, S. R. (2017). Topic interest and children’s reading comprehension. In R. J. Spiro, B. C. Bruce, & W. F. Brewer (Eds.), Theoretical issues in reading comprehension (pp. 525-534). Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Bataineh, R. F., & Al-Shorman, R. A. (2005). Jordanian EFL university students’ reading interests. Abhath Al-Yarmouk (Humanities and Social Sciences Series), 21, 35-56.

Bull, K. B. (2011). Connecting with texts: Teacher candidates reading young adult literature. Theory into Practice, 50(3), 223-230.

Cappellini, M. (2005). Balancing reading and language learning: A resource for teaching English language learners, K-5. Stenhouse Publishers.

Chang, A. C. S. (2008). Sources of listening anxiety in learning English as a foreign language. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 106(1), 21-34.

Clump, M. A., Bauer, H., & Bradley, C. (2004). The extent to which psychology students read textbooks: A multiple class analysis of reading across the psychology curriculum. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 31(3), 227-232.

Duke, N. K. (2003). Reading to learn from the very beginning: Information books in early childhood. Young Children, 58(2), 14-20.

Dunn, O. (2011). How young children learn English as another language. British Council. https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/helping-your-child/how-young-children-learn-english-another-language

Feger, M. V. (2006). “I want to read”: How culturally relevant texts increase student engagement in reading. Multicultural Education, 13(3), 18-18.

Gear, A. (2008). Nonfiction reading power: Teaching students how to think while they read all kinds of information. Pembroke Publishers Limited.

Gopal, R., & Mahmud, C. T. (2019). Prose reading: The influence of text-reader factors. Studies in English Language and Education, 6(2), 187-198.

Grabe, W. (2004). Research on teaching reading. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 24, 44-69.

Guthrie, J. T., & Humenick, N. M. (2004). Motivating students to read: Evidence for classroom practices that increase reading motivation and achievement. In P. McCardle & V. Chhabra (Eds.), The voice of evidence in reading research (pp. 329–354). Paul H Brookes Publishing Co.

Haager, D. E., Klingner, J. E., & Vaughn, S. E. (2007). Evidence-based reading practices for response to intervention. Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Hadidi, E., & Bargezar, R. (2015). Investigating reading anxiety and performance on reading proficiency: A case of Iranian EFL learners. International Journal of Language and Applied Linguistics, 25, 50-57.

Hamilton, H. E. (2012). The efficacy of dictionary use while reading for learning new words. American Annals of the Deaf, 157(2), 358-372.

Hoeft, M. E. (2012). Why university students don't read: What professors can do to increase compliance. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 6(2), 1-19.

Huang, Q. (2012). Study on correlation of foreign language anxiety and English reading anxiety. Theory & Practice in Language Studies, 2(7), 1520-1525.

Huberman, M., & Miles, M. B. (2002). The qualitative researcher’s companion. Sage.

Hyland, K. (2001). Bringing in the reader: Addressee features in academic articles. Written Communication, 18(4), 549-574.

Jefferson, R. E., Grant, C. E., & Sander, J. B. (2017). Effects of tier I differentiation and reading intervention on reading fluency, comprehension, and high stakes measures. Reading Psychology, 38(1), 97-124.

Jones, S. (2008). Internet goes to college: How students are living in the future with today’s technology. Diane Publishing.

Khairuddin, Z. (2013). A study of students' reading interests in a second language. International Education Studies, 6(11), 160-170.

Kieffer, M. J. (2010). Socioeconomic status, English proficiency, and late-emerging reading difficulties. Educational Researcher, 39(6), 484-486.

Kolić-Vehovec, S., Rončević, B., & Bajšanski, I. (2008). Motivational components of self-regulated learning and reading strategy use in university students: The role of goal orientation patterns. Learning and Individual Differences, 18(1), 108-113.

Kusumaningrum, E. (2016). The correlation between reading strategies and academic achievement among English language education students Islamic University of Indonesia (Bachelor’s thesis), Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta.

Lee-Thompson, L. C. (2008). An investigation of reading strategies applied by American learners of Chinese as a foreign language. Foreign language annals, 41(4), 702-721.

Lien, H. Y. (2011). EFL learners’ reading strategy use in relation to reading anxiety. Language Education in Asia, 2, 199-212.

Liljequist, L., & Stone, S. (2009). Measuring the success of a summer reading program: A five-year study. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 21(2), 87-105.

Linderholm, T. (2006). Reading with purpose. Journal of college reading and learning, 36(2), 70-80.

Luckner, J. L., & Cooke, C. (2010). A summary of the vocabulary research with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. American Annals of the Deaf, 155(1), 38-67.

Mahmud, M. (2014). The EFL students’ problems in answering the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A study in Indonesian context. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 4(12), 2581.

McKool, S. S. (2007). Factors that influence the decision to read: An investigation of fifth grade students' out-of-school reading habits. Reading Improvement, 44(3), 111-132.

Moleong, L. J. (2013). Metodologi penelitian kualitatif [Qualitative research methods]. Remaja Rosdakarya.

Moreillon, J. (2007). Collaborative strategies for teaching reading comprehension. American Library Association.

Nassaji, H. (2015). Qualitative and descriptive research: Data type versus data analysis. Language Teaching Research, 19(2), 129-132.

Nippold, M. A., K., D. J., & J., L. (2005). Literacy as a leisure activity: free-time preferences of children and young adolescents. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 36(2), 93-102.

Patton, M. Q. (2002). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (3 ed.). Sage Publications, Inc.

Pehlivan, A., Serin, O., & Serin, N. B. (2010). Determining reading interests and habits of candidate teachers (TRNC Sample). Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 9, 869-873.

Purugganan, M., & Hewitt, J. (2004). How to read a scientific article. Rice University.

Rajab, A., Zakaria, W. Z. W., Rahman, H. A., Hosni, A. D., & Hassani, S. (2012). Reading anxiety among second language learners. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 66, 362-369.

Ritchie, S. J., Bates, T. C., & Plomin, R. (2015). Does learning to read improve intelligence? A longitudinal multivariate analysis in identical twins from age 7 to 16. Child Development, 86(1), 23-36.

Schraw, G., & Lehman, S. (2001). Situational interest: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Educational Psychology Review, 13(1), 23-52.

Singh, M. K. M. (2014). Challenges in academic reading and overcoming strategies in taught master programmes: A case study of international graduate students in Malaysia. Higher Education Studies, 4(4), 76-88.

Siregar, S. (2017). Speed reading acquisition in reading text. Pedagogy: Journal of English Language Teaching, 3(2), 135-148.

Subramanyam, R. V. (2013). Art of reading a journal article: Methodically and effectively. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP, 17(1), 65-70.

Wang, J. (2012). The use of e-dictionary to read e-text by intermediate and advanced learners of Chinese. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 25(5), 475-487.

Whetzel, D. L., Baranowski, L. E., Petro, J. M., Curtin, P. J., & Fisher, J. L. (2003). A written structured interview by any other name is still selection instrument. Applied H. R. M. Research, 8(1), 1-16.

Yin, R. K. (2003). Case study research: Design and methods. Sage.

Yuwono, G. I., & Harbon, L. (2010). English teacher professionalism and professional development: Some common issues in Indonesia. Asian EFL Journal, 12(3), 145-163.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.24815/siele.v7i1.15358

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Print ISSN: 2355-2794, Online ISSN: 2461-0275

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.