Teikyo University (Utsunomiya Campus)
After I started to study for my second master's degree at Temple University, Japan Campus, I was allotted an extensive reading course at a university in the Kanto region in 2010. Since then I have been teaching a half-semester course twice per year. In 2019, I also began to incorporate e-book extensive reading in my general English courses at Teikyo University, as my e-book ER project obtained a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Japan. Under the influence of COVID-19, I could not conduct the face-to-face proficiency test I was planning to give this spring, so I temporarily suspended the project. However, an online test within the budget has been developed recently. I feel happy to be able to restart having my students at Teikyo University read e-books.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a one-semester e-book extensive reading program on 72 university EFL learners. Specifically, the improvement of the participants in reading comprehension and the changes of their affective variables were examined. E-book reading had been conducted for 30 minutes per class. To determine the improvement in reading comprehension, different standardized tests were given and affective variables were examined using two questionnaires. Consequently, the average test score improved, but the difference was not statistically significant. Concerning affective variables, the results showed that negative feelings about reading disappeared with statistical significance.