A QUALITATIVE STUDY: UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ BOOK CHOICES FOR EXTENSIVE READING
DANIA DAMAYANTI, FERA
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Extensive reading is the way of learning a language through reading for enjoyment which is known as pleasure reading. In extensive reading, books have important roles since they can affect the students’ reading motivation. The aims of this research were to unveil the books that students read for extensive reading and to discuss their perception about the chosen books. The data were gathered from four students of batch 2018 in a private university in Yogyakarta enrolled in a reading class where extensive reading is implemented. The participants of this research consisted of 3 females and 1 male. Interview was used as an instrument to get the data. The result showed that the students read different books: children books, graded readers, and novels. According to the participants, there were six children’s books read by them. Most of them said that those books were easy; it made them reading more books. Besides, graded readers were good books for extensive reading since those books are easy and in accordance with the students’ level. In contrast, when the students chose inappropriate levels, it affects their reading motivation. In addition, there were many genres of the novels read by the participants. Interesting novels which were easy to understand made the participants enjoy the reading. On the other hand, there were difficult novels that made the participants skip even stop to read.