Alzu’bi, M. A. (2014). The Effects of an Extensive Reading Program on Improving English as Foreign Language Proficiency in University Level Education. English Language Teaching, 7(1), 28-36
A student who reads without comprehension is not really reading. However, comprehension will become valueless if reading efficiency does not take into account reading speed, which is usually measured in the number of words read per minute.
Most of the students’ time is spent in translation sentences from Arabic into English, or vice versa, and in doing grammar exercise. Therefore, students fail to get as much comprehensible input in their learning process. In addition, grammar is taught deductively by using the intensive method so students have not learnt grammar meaningfully. However, extensive reading has been much neglected or it is applied in wrong way.
Many of the studies show that extensive reading can effectively improve students’ reading proficiency in foreign language or second language learning (Anderson, et al., 1988).
Therefore, the study focuses on examining the impact of the ER on Jordan universities students’ reading comprehension achievement, grammar and vocabulary knowledge in English.
ER improved students’ vocabulary, developed good reading habit and enabled students to increase their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Also, ER improved students’ reading comprehension achievement. In addition, ER developed better understanding of the students’ language and increases culture knowledge.