The process of reading embodies many factors that affect an ESL student’s second language acquisition. This study investigates the present situations of current or former ESL students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their attitudes toward reading in an ESL classroom. The investigation focuses on reading in a social context and the effects of a background with reading as a child. It examines Saudi ELLs attitudes towards reading in an ESL classroom. The background and motivation towards reading in the United States and KSA are examined. The analysis discovers motivation aspects and current knowledge of Saudi students in ESL. A survey was disseminated to determine Saudi student’s experiences with reading in ESL. This study investigates how attitudes and cultural aspects influence ESL reading performance and why it is important when teaching Saudi ESL students. This research is important because it directly affects our students and their future as students out of an ESL classroom. In order to provide the best education for our students, we need to be aware of what current attitudes and background history our students have on reading in English and in an ESL classroom.
|Advisor:||Hunter, Dr. James|
|Commitee:||Hagen, Naomi, Nieding, Deborah|
|Department:||Teaching English as a Second Language|
|School Location:||United States -- Washington|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||English as a Second Language, Middle Eastern Studies|
|Keywords:||Attitudes, College, ESL, Motivation, Reading, Saudi Arabia|
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