Parent Support for English: A Weak Predictor of Parent and Student Pleasure Reading in English

Kyung-Sook Cho, Stephen Krashen


To study the extent of Korean adults’ and their children’s English reading habits, parents responded to a questionnaire while attending a school workshop on English development.  Parents were enthusiastic supporters of English education, but neither the parents nor their children had an English reading habit. Parent reading and support for English were only weakly related to frequency of children’s reading in English. Other factors, such as access to English reading material and the nature of English instruction are possible predictors of English reading among young people in Korea.  

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