Judging books by their covers and more: Components of interest in graded readers

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John Eidswick, Konan University; Greg Rouault, Konan University, Hirao School of Management; Max Praver, Tsukuba University


The present study explored pre- and post-reading perceptions of the motivational variable interest in simplified novels (graded readers) of intermediate-level students (N = 89) in an intensive English program at a private university in Japan. The study examined participants’ reported overall interest, and lack thereof, in an assigned set of six graded readers. Results confirmed that the selected books represented a wide variety of interest and boredom components, a finding that underscores the importance of assessing student interests in relation to ESL/EFL classroom activities. The study also found that the pre- and post-reading interest differed significantly for some books, and that prior knowledge likely was a contributing factor in some perceptions of interest.